- From: 12/01/2024
- To: 20/01/2024
- Starting at: 07:45 PM
- Ending at: 07:45 PM
- Starting at: 02:30 PM
- Ending at: 02:30 PM
- Main Auditorium
- North Street, Bromley, BR1 1SB
Time and the Conways
By J B Priestley
Directed by Colleen Batson
An amateur production by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd
This is a classic play from a classic playwright, J B Priestley’s Time and the Conways was the first of his three ‘Time’ plays, which examine family fortunes through the prism of scenes separating past and future, giving us the opportunity to see the past from a different perspective.
The main principle is that if people could see through that glass, they would behave differently to have a better and happier life. Priestley sets us in a situation where time is not linear but a series of events viewable at different points on a timeline.
In three Acts, we see the Conways in 1919, which is a happy period for the family where they have hopes and desires, and reason to believe they can be achieved whilst 1937 is where bad actions come to fruition with destructive consequences. The last Act revisits 1919 but this time shows the reality of the situation presented from the perspective of people outside of the family. The impact of the mother’s self-absorption and favouritism on her children, and the reasons why the family is no longer happy become clear, whilst the premise of the play, namely how the past has affected the future, is realised.