After their successful run of Greyhounds in 2018, Time & Again return with Edwardian epic, Clouds!
The year is 1913 and women are rising up…
Winifred Baxter is determined to become the first Englishwoman to enter an air race, learning to fly amidst the chaos of the suffragette movement, a glorious garden party and far too much nephology: the study of clouds. New writing combining the suffocating society of pre-war Britain with a touch of comedy, early feminism and pure vintage flair!
Clouds Press Release Summer 2019
Trainee Pilot With Fear of Flying Flies New Show about Gender Disparity in the Aviation Industry to EdFringe
Time & Again Theatre Company presents
Time & Again Theatre Company hope to raise awareness of the ongoing gender disparity in STEM fields, particularly the lack of women in the aviation industry with brand new play, Clouds.
Written by Laura Crow, who is also set to take to the skies herself and learn to pilot a plane before the show opens in August, Clouds combines the suffocating society of pre-war Britain with a touch of comedy, early feminism, and pure vintage flair.
The year is 1913 and women are rising up…
Amidst the flock of pioneers fighting to rule the skies, Winifred (Freddie) Baxter is determined to become the first Englishwoman to enter an air race, learning to fly amidst the chaos of the suffragette movement, a glorious garden party and far too much nephology: the study of clouds. Clouds takes Britain’s ‘last glorious summer’ and slowly draws to the surface the simmering tensions and stark inequality lurking just beneath the surface of repressed Edwardian respectability.
Clouds shows the characters of 1913 navigating many of the problems still experienced by women today, albeit to a more extreme level, and asks ‘we’re now 100 years down the line, why is there still such a low proportion of women in science and aviation, and how can we change this?’.
For example only 22% of the workforce in core STEM occupations is female. This percentage is even lower in areas such as engineering (12%) and IT (16%).* Lower still, only 5.18% of commerical pilots worldwide are women.**
Laura, 25, has grown up surrounded by aviation as both of her parents worked in the industry for many years. For the first time this year, however, she will take to the skies herself and learn to fly a plane in preparation for the show’s run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
“I feel I can’t play a pioneering young pilot without experiencing what it’s actually like to control a plane myself,” Laura said. “Ironically, despite my love of all things aviation, I’m completely afraid of flying so it’s going to be a really big challenge for me! I get nervous just driving a car so it’s a huge step to take over the controls of a plane but I think it’s very important if I want to portray a brave pioneer like Freddie to the best of my ability.”
Hearing about her mother’s experiences of working in avaition helped inspire the show. “I started work in aviation in the 1980s and found myself in a completely male dominated environment,” said Julia Crow. “The natural assumption was that you must be cabin staff. I had to constantly prove myself and looking back I’m amazed at the kind of ‘banter’ that seemed acceptable: ‘Shouldn’t you be at home having babies?’, ‘Oh, the little girl knows what to do!’. At the same time I was doing my Private Pilot’s Licence and it was very much the same there, almost as if a female pilot was a novelty despite the fact women have been flying since the early days of flight.”
Time & Again formed in the summer of 2017 and use history to highlight issues still relevant to the world today. They are excited to be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer after their sucessful run of Greyhounds at the Festival in 2018. They have spent the year since touring Greyhounds around theatres, studios and villages halls across the UK, as well as some site specific locations relating to the history of the play including the RAF Museum at Cosford, in front of their Supermarine Spitfire!
Praise for Greyhounds:
“You should think yourself accurs’d if you miss this clever and charming production.” (Broadway Baby)
“The play itself is pretty much perfect.” (Edinburgh Guide)
★★★★ Broadway Baby ★★★★ The List ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide ★★★★ British Theatre Guide ★★★★ North West End
2nd-17th August at 7.55pm (1hr)
Venue 39; theSpace on the Mile.
Ticket prices: £10 (£7 previews 2nd, 3rd).
For more information or images contact Laura Crow on 07707848033 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Statistics from wisecampign.co.uk 2018 workforce statistics **Statistic from Air Line Pilots Association International trade union, 7th November 2018