Who are Time & Again?
Time & Again are an award-winning theatre company based in Manchester, who 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. Our new writing tends to have a particular focus on mental health, disability and chronic illness, exploring these themes within a historical context.
We’re particularly interested in giving voice to 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.
Time & Again brings to life new writing set in days gone by as well as staging adaptations of classic texts, 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 have extensive experience creating and producing new writing, adapting Shakespeare and other classic texts, critically acclaimed runs at the Greater Manchester Fringe and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, rural touring, regional touring, and outdoor theatre.
We are particularly experienced in working with museums and heritage sites to help bring history to life, and have previously collaborated with the Pankhurst Centre, RAF Museum Cosford, the Severn Valley Steam Railway, Yorkshire Air Museum, Kirkstall Abbey, and Victoria Baths.
In 2022 Time & Again premiered their multi-award winning show, EARWIG. Following the life of Marigold Webb, a deaf insect collector living in the 1920s. EARWIG performed at the Greater Manchester Fringe before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for a critically acclaimed run at the Assembly Rooms, where it won both the Birds of Paradise Emerging Talent Award (for writer/actor Laura Crow) and the Offie Award for Best Show of the Edinburgh Fringe.
Time & Again also staged their popular SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK event again in 2022; outdoor theatre featuring a revival of our wonderful 1980s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as a 1950s seaside themed Much Ado About Nothing!
Previous productions have included: CLOUDS, which won the Oldham Coliseum Pick of the Fringe Award in August 2019, as well as an Undrowning Scholarship for using theatre to promote women in STEM, particularly the lack of women in the aviation industry; and GREYHOUNDS, which was developed into an audio drama during the UK’s first national lockdown with support from The Library Presents, Angel Radio, and Yorkshire Air Museum, following a successful UK tour in spring 2019.