A large-scale historical romp in the terrain between Jane Austen and Charles Dickens – co-written by David Edgar, Britain’s leading political playwright.
Set against the backdrop of the threatened Napoleonic invasion of 1804, A Time to Keep is the story of an unlikely but passionate romance between a well-born but feisty young woman and the youngest son of a family of notorious smugglers.
With over 100 characters, from George III and his court to the criminal classes, the play is a rollicking example of the community play, originally written for the Dorchester Community Players but easily adaptable for smaller (and larger!) companies alike.
‘beautiful and memorable… theatre at its fundamental level: a shared, imaginative experience, communicated with winning passion’
‘wonderfully vivid… a powerful evocation of the way provincial England, far from the madding crowd, is still deeply haunted by its own past’
— Sunday Times