Who are Time & Again?
Time & Again Theatre Company are based in Manchester and formed in the summer of 2017 as a new young company wishing to explore all things historical in ways that are fresh and relevant for today.
We’re particularly interested in exploring the lives of women who pushed boundaries, either by working in typically male-dominated industries, engaging in political or revolutionary ideas, or behaving in a way that wasn’t deemed acceptable by society at the time.
“Greyhounds manages to capture the historical tale – life on the 1940s home front – with human experience (love, loss, unfilled potential) and merges these with political themes that are extremely relevant to modern life – the notion of ‘the other’, the morality of war and how society treats those with mental health conditions.” – Northern Soul
Time & Again brings to life new writing set in days gone by or tales from long ago, revamped and revitalised for a modern world.
Why is history important?
We can’t begin to understand the world we’re living in today without understanding the events and people that shaped it. Exploring the past allows us to spot patterns in human behaviour and see how the smallest of events can bring about the greatest of changes. History helps us to learn from our mistakes and gives us a sense of identity. Some events shouldn’t be forgotten. Some stories need to be remembered and passed on. History inspires future generations. History warns us when things start to go wrong. History helps us to strive to be better.
What have you worked on?
Time & Again’s first two shows, GREYHOUNDS and CLOUDS, have both had successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Greater Manchester Fringe, rural touring runs, and off West End dates. CLOUDS, won the Oldham Coliseum Pick of the Fringe Award in August 2019, as well as being nominated for most innovative use of space. It also won an Undrowning Scholarship for using theatre to promote women in STEM, particularly the lack of women in the aviation industry.
We regularly collaborate with accredited museums and heritage sites, blending theatre with living history and live installation.
On Armed Forces Day 2019 we partnered with RAF Museum Cosford, who commissioned us to perform GREYHOUNDS in Cosford’s Cold War Hangar. We also performed GREYHOUNDS at the Severn Valley Steam Railway (supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund). In July 2019 we collaborated with the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester to perform CLOUDS, our feminist-fuelled tale of Edwardian aviation. In April 2020, during the UK’s first national lockdown, we collaborated with Yorkshire Air Museum to turn GREYHOUNDS into an audio drama. This was broadcast online in weekly instalments, as well as via Angel Radio.
In 2021 we will be working on two brand new shows: QUEEN OF SWORDS, a filmed theatre piece exploring the life of theatre pioneer Annie Horniman, and EARWIG, live theatre following the life of Marigold Webb, a deaf insect collector living in the 1920s. Alongside traditional spoken word, it incorporates BSL, mime, and captioning (in the style of 1920s silent movies!)