the dreadful hours by tmesis theatre


Writer / Co-Devisor

A darkly comic, physically charged drama that exposes the quiet disintegration of love's first flourish through one couple's relationship. What happens when one hour's dinner can seem like years, yet years seem to pass in a heartbeat?

Combining Tmesis Theatre's trademark physicality with new writing from Chris Fittock, this wonderfully inventive production, directed by Peepolykus' Javier Marzan, takes you on an emotional and humorous journey with striking visuals and an original sound design.

'They say good things come in small parcels and this production is lovingly presented... the audience lapped it up'

'Fittock's script is witty, well-observed and remarkably restrained — allowing the silences to express more than words... an exciting and thought-provoking piece of theatre'
Liverpool Daily Post

'The best dance scene this side of John Travolta and Uma Thurman's in Pulp Fiction... a stunning stylised performance'

'Painfully well-observed by Fittock... It's funny but it almost hurts to laugh. A more touching exploration of love you might be hard pressed to find'
Liverpool Live Magazine

Project Info


Produced by:
Tmesis Theatre in association with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

Directed by:
Javier Marzan

Performed by:
Elinor Randle, Yorgos Karamalegos

Set and Costume Designed by:
Kevin Pollard

Sound Design by:
Xenia Bayer

Lighting Design by:
Marc Williams

World Premiere:
February 11 - 13, 2010 at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Other Performances:
Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, 25 Feb 2010
The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 3-6 Mar 2010
Tristran Bates Theatre, London, 11-15 May 2010
Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, 30 Sept 2010
The Carriageworks, Leeds, 6 Oct 2010
Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, 25 Oct 2010
The Junction, Cambridge, 24 Nov 2010
The Civic, Barnsley, 1 Dec 2010

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Script Excerpt