One Hour Only

As the lights dimmed for the start of One Hour Only, video projections and voice-overs appeared on stage, calling the audience to attention as the characters set the scene for the next hour. In this new production from Made From Scratch Theatre Company - written by Sabrina Mahfouz - the audience is introduced to Marley and AJ who are both experiencing their first night at a high-end brothel from very different angles. The next hour is spent witnessing the unlikely meeting of these two individuals and exploring the varied paths two colliding lives can take.

The play is beautifully written, and wonderfully performed by Nadia Clifford and Faraz Ayub. Together they examined the power dynamic between relationships, both in and out of brothels, with excellent skill and dynamic timing.

The set is simple and effective; lighting was used throughout to distinguish the tone. However, though mostly well used, a small amount of awkward blocking meant the lighting hindered rather than helped the mood, but this was a minor hindrance. Throughout the production there is a beautiful contrast between the naivety of the characters and the seriousness of the subject matter. The potential of both actors and characters is apparent and brilliantly displayed during the whole duration of the performance. As the show slipped into its stride, the strength and authenticity of the characters unfolded. The barrier created between the audience and the performers by the initial video was effectively established, then shattered to create an intimate experience. Full of surprising comedic moments, both Clifford and Ayub are able to create characters whose personalities leap off the stage.

One Hour Only presents an engaging and believable snapshot of two very different lives colliding. More than the incredible acting, the premise of the show adds a feeling of intimacy and reality to a near perfect production.

Reviews by Nicole Adam

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

The Blurb

An ‘upmarket’ brothel. It’s Marley’s first night, and AJ’s first visit. But an hour of power play, debate, and desire prove that you don’t always get what you pay for. Winner - Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Season. 

Most Popular See More

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Phantom of the Opera

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

SIX

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Come From Away

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Grease the Musical

From £20.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets