WHAT WE DO & WHY WE DO IT
What We Do & Why We Do It
TWT are often asked to create a piece of theatre for a very specific project/commemoration/character or event. We carefully research and then decide on the style best suited to the particular audience involved and the length of the performance.Discover ►
The Royal Armouries
We were delighted to be asked by the Royal Armouries in Leeds to create their Christmas and New Years offer, ‘Christmas is Cancelled’, a look at Christmas during the time of Oliver Cromwell’s English Republic, when Christmas celebrations were banned. Our cast of actors and musicians were divided into two factions; The Puritans, on the lookout for any illegal Christmas celebrations, and The Royalists, seeking to secretly have their Christmas fun, whilst also being involved in a secret plot mislaid in a Christmas pudding! During the course of this day-long immersive event, our audience were called upon to dance, learn C17th foot drill, sing a very boring psalm, keep secrets and decide which side they were on!Discover ►
Lincoln Castle & Prison
For the last six years we have worked with Lincoln Castle and Prison in a variety of capacities; we have performed plays like ‘The Search for St. George’ and ‘Will the Real Robin Hood Please Stand Up’ amongst others, we have provided commentators for a variety of events, added a dramatic element to recreations of the Battle of Lincoln, led royal visits as King William or King John, portrayed Nichola de la Haye, the woman who held Lincoln Castle in its darkest hour, and we have created a range of characters that are performed within the prison.Discover ►
Whats New for Lockdown!
The last few months have been strange for us all. suddenly many of us have spent ten weeks at home for the first time ever! The Heritage Industry has had to shut down – museums, and heritage sites from Tintagel to Lindesfarne, Lincoln to Stonehenge have been bereft of visitors and income. Time Will Tell Theatre have not been idle. Kathy and Simon have both been creating online content in the form of short films for English Heritage, Lincoln castle and The Royal Armouries.Discover ►
Paradise Lost and Found
We return to Norwich this year with a play about a secret garden. The Plantation Gardens is a hidden treasure with a dramatic history.
We will be there for two days with performances both for schools and the general public. Visiting Norwich? We recommend you add this to your list of must-sees.Discover ►
Scroll through Lynn
A play performed for schools and then as part of a theatrical evening in the Town Hall of Kings Lynn this history of Lynn was funded by the Historic England, West Norfolk Borough Council and the Mayor’s Charity.Discover ►
Storytelling is a skill and an art. We love creating sessions around storytelling, whether it be on a specific historical event or character or a general theme, such as Christmas or Halloween. We have worked extensively as individuals and as a duo in various storytelling guises.Discover ►
Breaking the Chains
An open air play for three actors exploring issues around the anniversary of the bill prohibiting the trans-Atlantic slave trade.Discover ►
After the Eagles
After the Eagles explores the place of myths in the creation of Empires and what happens when those myths are all you have left.
We are delighted in its tenth year to be taking the play back to the place it was originally conceived to be performed.Discover ►
Deeds Not Words
In 2008 English Heritage commissioned us to create a play celebrating the Suffrage movement. Our play focused on events and characters linked to the Great Suffragette rally in Hyde Park in 1908.
Brodsworth at War
We were invited to be part of ‘Duty Calls’, a project that ran for two years in South Yorkshire. ‘Brodsworth at War’ was a part of this larger project at Brodsworth Hall nr Doncaster. In 2013 we brought to life the house during WWII, when the army requisitioned the property, and the family refused to move out. Over a series of events we told the story of how the household survived this intrusion from the arrival of the military in 1940 to the end of the war in 1945.Discover ►
National Army Museum
Time Will Tell Theatre were incredibly excited and honoured to be approached by the National Army Museum to help them create events to commemorate the events of the Great War. TWT have worked with the NAM on a variety of projects to bring the Great War to life.Discover ►
Letters Home was created for English Heritage as a two handed play. It was the result of a chance reading of an article about a now non-existent building, which just shows how inspiration can come from any source. We had been looking to find a way of commemorating WW1 that encompassed not just the experiences of fighting men, but also the Home Front that was constantly in their thoughts.Discover ►
The Great Charter?
This fast paced look at the events of 1215 seemed to grab everyone’s imaginations and in particular the ‘voting’ aspect of the play. We like to think it answers some questions about the events leading up to this important document.Discover ►
In 2015 Time Will Tell found themselves in the unusual position of being asked to create two new pieces of work on the same theme – the lead up to and the Battle of Agincourt.Discover ►
1066 – The Battle Royal
Back by popular demand our play about the most famous of years, 1066, is back at Battle Abbey for English Heritage.
Commissioned by English Heritage we investigate the battles and eventually conquest of England, presented in our usual style we hope to uncover what really happened in 1066.
Hero! Outlaw! Champion of the People! Myth? When people asked “Who was the real Robin Hood?”, we took on the challenge to explore the truth behind one of the most famous archers in the world.
Of all the myths and legends that resonate through history, the stories of King Arthur have proved among the most enduring. To some they are a tantalising glimpse of a now lost history, to others an account of a chronological series of real events and to most of us a series of stories which we recognise even if we don’t know the details. That is the abiding power of legend and myth, to leave a trace in our consciousness that is like a shadow.
We Three Kings
In 2013 English Heritage commissioned us to write a play as part of their Battle of Hastings events at Battle Abbey. We created a four hander, which explored how the Norman Conquest came about by focusing on the lives, experiences and aims of the three kings of 1066 England.Discover ►
Hero? Martyr? England’s Protector? How did an officer in the Roman army who died for his Christian beliefs and killed a dragon gain his place as a saint of a land he never visited?
Join St. Margaret’s School for Medieval Sainthood as a candidate with George to see if you’ve got what it takes. Warning. Experience of torture, pain, multiple deaths and miracles will be expected. Have you got what it takes? Will George make the shortlist? Watch and find out.Discover ►
A History of Heritage
Written for English Heritage in 2013, “A History of Heritage” makes a welcome return.
“A History of Heritage” takes a breakneck romp through history from the Stone Age to the present day to look at how important we have historically treated old buildings and monuments.Discover ►