Time to see Priestley classic

Time And The Conways''Photo by Robert Day
Time And The Conways''Photo by Robert Day

Nottingham Playhouse’s autumn Time And Memory season is up and running with a production of JB Priestley’s Time And The Conways.

Directed by Fiona Buffini, it can be seen at the theatre until Saturday, September 27.

1919. A World War has just ended. The seemingly happy Conways family gathers to celebrate a birthday party. 18 years later, on the brink of World War Two, we see that the future is far from the one they imagined that night.

From the writer of An Inspector Calls, J.B Priestley’s drama looks into complacency, class arrogance, and the knock on effect of a family’s own mistakes. Beneath the surface of this simple family story, Priestley explores the political and social history of Britain between the wars, and the nature of time itself.

Having previously worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and in the West End, Time and the Conways will be Fiona Buffini’s first main stage production at the theatre.

Speaking ahead of the start of the play’s run, Fiona said: “I’m very excited to bring it to the Playhouse stage as it’s a brutal piece of writing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it and reveal its inner beauty, ugliness and guts. We’ve got a big cast and I know they will relish the challenge of performing a play that examines the nature of time. At the end of the play, I hope it will leave people to reflect on their own lives and think more about the forces that shape our futures.”

Time and the Conways leads the Time and Memory season at Nottingham Playhouse; three plays by British writers that all use two time frames to explore the impact of the past on the present. In October, Nottingham Playhouse and The Belgrade Theatre Coventry will present Propaganda Swing, a new play by Peter Arnott, and in November, the season ends with Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.

For ticket details, call 0115 9419419.