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Jethro Compton’s Frontier Trilogy – The Clock Strikes Noon (Jethro Compton Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 12 August 2015

Jethro Compton

‘The Clock Strikes Noon‘, the second part of ‘The Frontier Trilogy’ is a masterclass in ratcheting up tension, and I spent most of the play literally on the edge of my seat. It begins with a classic Western stand off – a weaselly sheriff and a principled farmer are holed up in a church with a blind priest, surrounded by armed thugs in the pay of the railroad company. The action is cleverly contained within this one space, and as a result the tension slowly increases throughout the play, never fully dissipating even as cracks appear in the characters’ morality and ugly violence erupts. The performances are great and the direction exemplary, creating an excellent, intense production.

C nova, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andrew Leask]