The production, co-produced with Leicester Curve, is part of Hampstead\'s 50th anniversary season, Anthony Clark\'s final season as artistic director (See News, 30 June 2009). Alongside Winstone, the cast also features Finbar Lynch, Neet Mohan, Alec Newman and Eileen Page.
Philip Ridley’s second play, The Fastest Clock in the Universe was first performed at Hampstead in 1992 with a young Jude Law in the cast, and won Ridley the Evening Standard\'s Most Promising Playwright award. This production marks its first major revival.
The play is set in a room above a long-abandoned fur factory in London’s East End, where 30 year-old Cougar (Alec Newman) is preparing for his ‘nineteenth’ birthday party yet again. The arrival of young and beautiful Foxtrot (Neet Mohan) ignites a chain reaction in which narcissism, desire and an obsessive fear of ageing are played out to their extremes.
Jaime Winstone makes her stage debut playing Foxtrot\'s pregnant fiancée Sherbet Gravel. Her film and TV credits include BAFTA-nominated series Dead Set, Dagenham Girls, Boogie Woogie, controversial thriller Donkey Punch, Daddy’s Girl, Love Letter, Kidulthood, Bullet Boy, Goldplated, Vincent (alongside her father) and Totally Frank.
Following its Hamsptead run, the production transfers to the Leicester Curve, where it runs from 21 October to 14 November 2009.