Time & Again have launched a GoFundMe page which is urgently seeking donations to ensure we can continue as a company and deliver our shows this summer. You can find the campaign here!
In the early hours of Saturday 26th February 2022, the storage unit which housed the entirety of Time & Again Theatre Company’s set, props, costume and equipment burnt down.
As most people are well aware, theatre was one of the hardest hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, all of our performances were cancelled, including our tours to rural communities across the UK who don’t have easy access to theatre. After working on an audio drama adaptation to sustain our output during lockdown, we had just returned to live performance in August 2021 with an 80’s fuelled performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Carrs Park, Wilmslow.
We are due to be touring A Midsummer Night’s Dream once more across the North West this summer, as well as brand new shows Much Ado About Nothing and new writing piece Earwig. We now have nothing: no props, no set, no costumes, no sound and lighting equipment.
Not only have we lost all of our expensive technical equipment but with our focus upon telling historical stories, we had amassed a carefully curated selection of vintage and painstakingly custom-built set pieces and props since our formation in 2017 – now all gone. We’ve also lost countless vintage costume pieces sourced from vintage shops, online and from personal collections. All of these items are difficult to replace and we are devastated. So much of the theatre company’s inventory will take a great deal of time to rebuild from the ashes.
Company founder and director Laura Crow says: ‘I think I’m in shock. This is 5 years worth of work and memories which we have spent countless hours designing, painting and making. I’m absolutely gutted. I’d like to confirm all of this year’s shows are going ahead, we’re not going anywhere, but we are going to need to remake, rebuy and refind everything. Like the characters in our 1940’s play Greyhounds we will be digging into our Wartime spirit and trying to keep calm and carry on, but any support would be hugely appreciated’.