Plays Directory : The Fastest Clock in The Universe

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Philip Ridley
  • Written
    1992
  • Setting
    The East End of London - 1990's
  • Overview
    The depths of human cruelty are explored in Philip Ridley’s provocative drama about a boy who just doesn’t want to grow up. But more Dorian Gray than Peter Pan, The Fastest Clock In The Universe is not for the faint hearted as reckless desire and obsessive vanity lead to a shocking conclusion.

    Set above an abandoned fur factory in London’s East End, a dilapidated loft filled with stuffed birds and antique ornaments houses the extraordinary Cougar Glass and his seemingly not so anonymous benefactor Captain Tock. It is the night of Cougar’s 19th birthday party – an event which has taken place annually long past his actual teenage years – and the Captain has dutifully organised the perfect party, with vodka, a white iced cake and a very sharp knife taking prize place on the kitchen table.

    With just one guest invited, Cougar’s plan to intoxicate and seduce his new and fleeting object of desire, schoolboy Foxtrot Darling, quickly falls apart with the arrival of Foxtrot’s pregnant fiancée Sherbet Gravel. Sherbet has a Mary Poppins on crack character, a handbag full of tricks and a raspy Essex accent that seems to cut into Cougar’s cold exterior like the knife that helps bring the party to its sudden, hideous end.

    Dressed in a leather jacket, white t-shirt, jeans and aviators, Cougar is undoubtedly channelling James Dean, though his utter disregard for others and obsessive desire for youth creates a far more demonic being. Sitting in sinister silence for much of the play, the characters fawn around him with unjustified admiration, desperate for his approval and love, except the feisty Sherbet, whose outwardly sweet nature is tainted by her subtle references to violence and use of grotesque imagery.

    It is the Captain who offers the biggest insight into the despicable Cougar. Dressed in a three piece suit and acting as a cross between nagging wife and frustrated father, his unrequited love for Cougar is at times heartbreaking, as Cougar emotionally manipulates and knowingly tortures him, at one point making him wear gloves to touch in him.

    With a Miss Havisham-esque landlady dressed in a fur coat made by her dead husband, twisted humour and a set where the perspective of the room and sloping floors are dizzying, The Fastest Clock In The Universe is a surreal and provocative drama where nothing is quite as it should be and normal behaviour is thrown out the window.

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2 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Abi Turner
Abi Turner
Lighting Designer
2019, Lighting Designer
Studio 1, Sidcup
Jun Noh
Jun Noh
Actor
2019, Captain
Aaron Glitz
Aaron Glitz
Actor
2018, Foxtrot
Old Fire Station Theatre
Leah Crepaz
Leah Crepaz
Actor
2017, Sherbet Gravel
Stuart Thomson
Stuart Thomson
Assistant Stage Manager
2016, Stage Manager
UEA Drama Studio
Robert Chuter
Robert Chuter
Director
2015, Director
Maya Whatton
Maya Whatton
Actor
2015, Cheetah Bee
Adan Osborne
Adan Osborne
Actor
2015, Cougar Glass
The Donald Roy Theatre
Hannah Blake
Hannah Blake
Sound Designer
2015, Sound Designer
Donald Roy Theatre
Hayley Turner
2015, Captain
AMATA Centre, Falmouth University
Carys Tavener
2015, Cheetah Bee
The Donald Roy Theatre
Reomy Mpeho-Ngami
2014, Foxtrot Darling
Edric Theatre
Nancy Sullivan
2013, Sherbet
The Old Red Lion
Robin Rayner
Robin Rayner
Producer
2013, Producer
The Old Red Lion
Ian Houghton
Ian Houghton
Actor
2013, Captain Tock
Old Red Lion Theatre
Tom O'Brien
Tom O'Brien
Director
2013, Director
Old Red Lion Theatre
Sam Gibbons
Sam Gibbons
Actor
2013, Captain Tock
The Firestation, Windsor, Berkshire
Angharhad Owen
Angharhad Owen
Voice Over: English
2012, Audio Describer
Charlie Ives
Charlie Ives
Actor
2012, Cheetah Bee
A E Harris Warehouse
Sam Woolf
Sam Woolf
Actor
2010, Cougar Glass
Lady Windsor Theatre Bristol

Alternative Names

Fastest Clock in the Universe