Harriet Walter stars in a new production of J.B. Priestley's well-known play from 1937 which toys with the idea of time, telling the story of one family in several scenes set over 19 years. One of Britain's leading writers of the inter-war years, Priestley was fascinated by the concept of time and was inspired by the theories of J.W Dunne whose book AN EXPERIMENT WITH TIME was influential on a generation in the 1930s. Dunne is the subject of today's companion Sunday Feature "I Have Been Here Before".
A World War has just ended. The Conway family gather to celebrate daughter Kay's 21st birthday party. But 19 years later we see that the future is far from the one they imagined.
Part of a collection of programmes looking at the concept of Time which includes...
A new Drama on 3: EVERYDAY TIME MACHINES by Al Smith (21st September 2014)
A Sunday Feature: I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE (14th September 2014) in which the writer Francis Spufford looks at the theories of J.W Dunne whose book AN EXPERIMENT WITH TIME was influential on a generation of writers including Priestley.
And immediately following TIME AND THE CONWAYS on Radio 3 a chance to hear Harrison Birtwistle's THE TRIUMPH OF TIME.