Time and the Conways

Time and the Conways

By JB Priestley
Directed by Jemima Levick
A co-production with Dundee Rep Ensemble

If you could turn back the clock, would you do it all again?

1919, the Conway family house, Yorkshire. Mrs Conway and her family have it all, the war is over; the children look set for a bright and prosperous future; it's Kay's 21st birthday.

But, in a twist of time and with a brief glimpse into the future, we discover that life doesn’t play out as expected. Aspirations sour, relationships fail and the truths of the Conway family's lives are revealed.

Priestley's play is an extraordinary manipulation of time and the fates, coming to a climax as he subverts the narrative and takes us back to the original moment when this successful family began to sow the seeds of their own downfall.

Time and the Conways was written in 1937 and illustrated JW Dunne's Theory of Time. Alongside the better-known An Inspector Calls, Time and the Conways is part of Priestley’s series of 'Time Plays' that toyed with different concepts and theories of time, and is widely regarded as the best of this series.

Time and the Conways will transfer to Dundee Rep Theatre from 13-30 March 2013.

Cast and Credits

The cast of Time and the Conways

Joan Helford - Nicola Harrison
Mrs Conway - Irene Macdougall
Madge Conway - Sally Reid
Hazel Conway - Jessica Tomchak
Carol Conway - Molly Vevers
Kay Conway - Emily Winter
Ernest Beevers - Andy Clark
Alan Conway - Richard Conlon
Gerald Thornton - Jamie Lee
Robin Conway - Martin McBride

The creative team of Time and the Conways

Director - Jemima Levick
Designer - Ti Green
LX Designer - Mark Doubleday
Composer and Sound Designer - Philip Pinksky


Our trailer for Time and the Conways

View rehearsal and production photos in our gallery

Dates, Times & Prices

This production has now ended

Dates and times

Friday, 15 February, 7.45pm (Preview - on sale from 21 November 2012)
Saturday, 16 February, 7.45pm (Preview - on sale from 21 November 2012)

Monday, 18 February, 7.45pm
Tuesday, 19 February, 7.45pm
Wednesday, 20 February, 2.30pm
Wednesday, 20 February, 7.45pm
Thursday, 21 February, 7.45pm
Friday, 22 February, 7.45pm
Saturday, 23 February, 2.30pm
Saturday, 23 February, 7.45pm

Tuesday, 26 February, 7.45pm
Wednesday, 27 February, 2.30pm
Wednesday, 27 February, 7.45pm
Thursday, 28 February, 7.45pm (Touch Tour, 6.30pm and Audio-described Performance)
Friday, 1 March, 7.45pm
Saturday, 2 March, 2.30pm (Touch Tour, 1.15pm and Audio-described Performance)
Saturday, 2 March, 7.45pm

Tuesday, 5 March, 7.45pm
Wednesday, 6 March, 2.30pm
Wednesday, 6 March, 7.45pm (BSL Interpreted Performance)
Thursday, 7 March, 7.45pm
Friday, 8 March, 7.45pm
Saturday, 9 March, 2.30pm (Captioned Performance)
Saturday, 9 March, 7.45pm

Further information on accessible performances



Saturday Evenings

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £29
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £26
  • Front Upper Circle: £19
  • Rear Upper Circle: £15
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £14.50

Tuesday-Friday Evenings

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £24
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £21
  • Front Upper Circle: £16.50
  • Rear Upper Circle: £14.50
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £13.50

Wednesday/Saturday Matinees

  • Front Stalls and Grand Circle: £16
  • Rear Stalls and Stalls Boxes: £16
  • Front Upper Circle: £16
  • Rear Upper Circle: £16
  • Grand Circle Boxes: £13

Side-view seats are also available: £10-£15
Preview performances - all seats £7.50, unreserved seating (no concessions)
A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings



Over 60s/Concessions

  • Tuesday - Friday: £2 off full price tickets

Students, people with disabilities, under 18s

  • Saturday evenings: all seats £15
  • Tuesday - Friday evenings: all seats £10
  • Saturday matinees: all seats £10
  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Wheelchair spaces available in Stalls Boxes
  • Students - ID required

Registered unemployed

  • Tuesday - Friday evenings: all seats £10
  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Tuesday - Thursday: £1 Stalls tickets on the day (max 20 per show)
  • ID required

School discounts

  • Wednesday matinees: all seats £5
  • Tuesday - Thursday evenings: £8.50 (Stalls), £7.50 (Upper Circle)
  • Friday-Saturday evenings: Same as under 18s prices
  • One teacher free with every ten pupils
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949

Group discounts for 8 or more people

  • Evenings (Stalls and Grand Circle) £5 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Evenings (Upper Circle) £3 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Matinees: £3 off full price plus one free ticket for every 20 paid for
  • Call our Groups and Schools booking line - 0131 248 4949


Transaction Fee

  • A £1 transaction fee applies to all bookings (excluding free events) to cover the service costs required to process a transaction.
  • If you buy multiple tickets at the same time the fee will remain £1.
  • Applies to all booking methods and forms of payment.


A BSL Interpreted introduction to this production


Accessible performances for this production

Touch Tours for the visually impaired

  • Thursday 28 February, 6.30pm
  • Saturday 2 March, 1.15pm

Audio-described Performances

  • Thursday 28 February, 7.45pm
  • Saturday 2 March, 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance

  • Wednesday 6 March, 7.45pm

Captioned Performance

  • Saturday 9 March, 2.30pm

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum


Access facilities at the Lyceum


  • Blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the theatre
  • Street level access to the Lyceum foyer

Front of House

  • Lifts to all levels
  • Front of House wheelchair available for audience use
  • Induction loop at Box Office
  • Accessible toilet in foyer


  • Infra red and radio headsets for hearing enhancement and audio-described performances
  • Guide dogs welcome in auditorium or can be left with Front of House staff
  • Raised Stalls Boxes offers space for up to 27 people in wheelchairs/companions
  • Underlit row letters, tactile row markers and embroidered seats numbers
  • Booster cushions and footstools available
  • Induction loop permanently on

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum

Take Part

Creative Learning events for this production

Theatre Class

  • Wednesday 20 February, 10.30am 
  • £6 per class 
  • Includes free coffee/tea

Post-show Discussion

  • Tuesday 26 February, after evening performance
  • Free, unticketed

Matinee Discussion Group

  • Wednesday 27 February, after matinee performance
  • Free, but ticketed


To book for ticketed events, please call 0131 248 4848 or book online.

(£1 transaction fee applies per booking)

Audience Feedback

Audience feedback for this production

If you would like to submit your own review of this production, please use the form on this page.

"I absolutely loved this and I’m almost tempted to go and see it again immediately – not something I often feel about theatre."
Audience blog review by Ian Stevenson

"Loved it! Don't remember ever feeling so affected by a play."
Audience Review by Suzanne Dempsey

"...were all completely bowled over...if we lived closer I would have loved to see it again."
Audience review by the Bates family

"Utterly adored Time and the Conways - what a play! Wonderful production. SEE IT!!"
@Les_Hart on Twitter

"Brilliant production, hugely talented actors. Don't miss it!"
@fivekingdoms on Twitter

"poignant and confident tonight. Magnificent!"
@wavenode on Twitter

"excellent excellent excellent - bought tickets to see it again"
Terri Thomson on Facebook

"absoloute triumph of a play"
@EmCav94 on Twitter

"Really enjoyed...superb casting #goandsee"
@cmsouter on Twitter

"well acted all round and costumes were beautiful"
@chattingfruit on Twitter

"Fantastic production! Thoroughly enjoyed it!"
Louise MacLellan on Facebook

"Great! We loved it."
Audience review by Silvia

"profound, moving and brilliantly acted. Casting spot on."
@DuncanM_S on Twitter

@Becca_xxd on Twitter

"Superb performances all round. Can't wait to see it again"
@CGilmoreMusic on Twitter

"Thoroughly enjoyed...Wonderful use of sound and music, delicious characters, very moving piece of theatre"
@masquesagent on Twitter

"Well defined and interesting characters with some wonderful costumes!"
@milquetoast on Twitter

"A truely enjoyable evening."
Audience review by Roy & Ruby Johnston

"A brilliant production."
@Mapwgf on Twitter

"a wonderful production of a fascinating play."
Audience review by James

"Excellent...wonderful cast and acting from beginning to end."
Audience review by John K McGregor

"Captured my imagination...the acting was faultless."
Audience review by Susan Ross

"A very high-calibre production."
Audience review by Dan Ablett

Press Coverage


"...this is serious theatre with excellent performances."
Lothian Life ★★★★★

"in Jemima Levick’s bravely sombre production, it emerges as a truly fascinating play."
The Scotsman ★★★★

"Jemima Levick's elegant and haunting production...breathes fresh life into an already devastating play. A superb ensemble cast."
The Herald ★★★★

"a thought-provoking piece, wonderfully well carried in this production. These Conways are well worth a moment of your time."
Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★

"...Jemima Levick’s stylish production"
Exeunt Magazine ★★★★

"the cast of ten delivering strong and nuanced performances"
TVBomb ★★★★

"this superlative cast...It is utterly fitting that this fine philosophical play of his be reprised to such a standard as produced by this excellent company"
Edinburgh Guide ★★★★ 

"excellent performances all round...able to bring performances of such emotional engagement that at the very slightest turn of phrase."
Annals of Edinburgh Stage ★★★★ 

"...Levick’s expertly conceived production."
Edinburgh Reporter ★★★★

"There is a compelling sensitivity to Jemima Levick’s direction...bringing out gut-wrenching performances."
The Stage

"well presented revival."
British Theatre Guide


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