15 Minutes

by Christine Harmar Brown

‘…without her and that camera I think I’d have ended up with a sheet round my neck swinging from the bars.’

‘documentary, like novels, plays and poetry, is a fictional form’

 In the age of Big Brother, Wife swap and T.V Cold Turkey, this play is a powerful indictment of the role of documentary. Asking how far would you go to make reality exciting? What would you do to keep the camera switched on? Who suffers for our increasing hunger for personal drama?

Weaving ‘documentary’ footage throughout live performance, 15 MINUTES explores what happens when Maggie, an ambitious film maker, meets Toni her volatile young ‘subject’ and offers a savage attack on a society that turns personal struggle into prime time entertainment.

by Christine Harmar Brown

A writer and director, Christine is part of the dramaturgical team at Soho Theatre and runs workshops in a variety of contexts including Adult Education and Holloway Young Offenders Unit. Her first plays, Burnt Horizons and Ship of Fools, were devised pieces written for the Royal Court Young Peoples’ Theatre. Following two series as Script Editor on Casualty for the BBC, Christine joined La Plante Productions as Head of Development and co-wrote with Lynda La Plante on Supply and Demand. Most recent writing credits include Blessings (Old Red Lion), Wearing Something Heavy and Cinderella.