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The Twenty Minute Policy

20Min Featured

Play (2010)

Two in-mates. One room. Many rules. No visitors. Six chairs. Three tables. One clock. Nine pieces of contraband chewing gum. One massive difference of opinion. And a twenty minute policy.

Opened the 2010 Camden Fringe Festival playing at The Etcetera Theatre

Written by Trent Burton

Directed by Melinda Burton

Produced by Trent Burton and Melinda Burton

Lighting by Tiffany Hudson

Starring Charlotte Sutherland, Gigi Burgdorf and David Swain


“With undertones of both Kafka and Beckett – and many a moral philosopher besides – Burton’s (is a) nuanced and well-observed script…Probing and well-acted.” – remotegoat

“Sharp lines and clever writing…An enjoyable production, marked by some concentrated performances from the chief protagonists and directed with wit by Melinda Burton.” – Fringe Report

“This is a play that will make you laugh as well as think…The cast is excellent with Charlotte Sutherland as Tess particularly outstanding…The direction assured – there is no hint that this is Melinda Burton’s first outing as director” – Camden Voyeur

“Trent Burton’s writing blends witty comedy with the occasional suggestion of something darker…It’s great to see a play with two really meaty roles for women, and both Charlotte Sutherland as Tess and Gigi Burgdorf as Lisa give strong performances.” – My Cultural Life