20 Minutes of Action

Theatre (new writing, verbatim)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Beneath
  • 12:15
  • Aug 14-16, 18-22, 24-29
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Lionheart Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains distressing themes and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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Description

This unflinching case study scrutinizes one of the most pertinent conversations of our time: women's safety. Using the exact words of the victim, the perpetrator and their families, this play guides you through the most controversial sexual assault case in America. Found guilty of three felonies of sexual assault, an elite college sportsman is sentenced to just six months and released after three. The judge's justification: a long-term sentence would have a 'severe impact' on the perpetrator's future. This verbatim play 'boldly delves into an examination of women's safety, rape culture and patriarchal double standards' (AllEdinburghTheatre.com).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. 5 steps down into space, For access via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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eileen O'Sullivan 2 days ago

Incredible - everyone should see this. A subject that needs to be discussed more openly and penalised more justly

Peter Beswick 2 days ago

REVIEW
Using the exact words of the victim, the perpetrator and their families, the play from the Lionheart Theatre Company guides you through the most controversial sexual court case in recent American history. The play provides you with the actual information available at the time and the serious long-term impact of all the concerned parties.
Found guilty of three charges of sexual assault, an elite US sportsman is given just six months in prison and serves only three!!!! The judge feeling that a long-term sentence would have a “severe impact” on the said elite sportsmans future. Collating all the available information available via statements, letters and transcripts of those involved, the play lays down the obvious failings of the US criminal justice system in such cases of sexual assault
Clearly not an easy subject matter to cover and whilst there is the obvious victim, there are certainly no winners here either. This is an issue that has likely affected every single person sometime in their life or will affect other people they know as they travel through their lives. Various levels of Sexual assault and any related punishments is therefore an important subject matter that every individual needs to speak about.
The performance does contain distressing related themes and strong language at times, so clearly not an easy watch for some, especially when so emotionally and perfectly well played by the two main actors Shannon Yuen (The Victim) & Benjamin Sumrie (The perpetrator) and supported so magnificently by Louisa Chang (The victim’s Sister) Fiona Forster (The Perpetrators Mother) Connor McCausland (The Perpetrators Father) Elle Watermeyer (The Witness) and last but certainly not least Emma Lindsey (The Reporter) but the rewards you will receive in return will be immense.
Having just witnessed such a stunning set of word-perfect performances, 20 Minutes of Action Collated and Directed by newcomer Pollyanna Esse, Produced by Milo Hynes is certainly a very engaging must see, during this year’s festival.


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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) about 7 hours ago

It is a sensitive intense fifty-minute performance that the audience found very moving.

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 3 days ago

A hard-hitting verbatim piece that at times felt like watching an ‘in conversation’ crime documentary.

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Culture Fix (4/5 stars) 3 days ago

20 Minutes of Action boldly reframes a truly controversial court ruling in a sharply effective and prescient manner highlighting the injustice of a patriarchal society where issues regarding women’s safety, consent and rape culture must urgently be addressed.

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