An Attempt to Lose Time

Before the railways, there was no such thing as ‘the’ time. Villages and towns had their own local times. Time was decided by the sun, and all people had to do was look at it.

200 years later, Miranda can’t stop thinking about time.

What time it is, how long she’s got, how long she’s been doing something, how long she should have been doing it, what time she needs to wake up, how long it will take to get there, how long she’ll have to sleep, is that long enough, and how long is left?

Does it have to be this way? It hasn’t always been this way. It isn’t this way for everyone. What if she decided to stop living like this? Would life be better?

Would it be possible to live without time? And what is time anyway?

Featuring musings on climate change, quantum physics, the destruction of humanity and dinosaurs, this solo show sees Miranda leave the city, take to the canals, travel to a remote Scottish island and form questionable relationships with moorhens in her quest to escape time.

“A wonderful weaving of ancient and current ideas…Miranda’s humour and personality came through. I loved it!” - Audience member on An Attempt to Lose Time

“A really intriguing project that, like all Miranda’s work, deep-dives into a complex and captivating topic that other artists might easily overlook.”  – Brian Logan, Artistic Director, CPT on An Attempt to Lose Time

“A fantastic show. Miranda is a joy to listen to and I urge everyone to take time out to watch this.” - Robert Howell, Co-Director, Spot On Lancashire on An Attempt to Lose Time

“Utterly hilarious…charming, funny and darkly comic. A very memorable piece which will stick in the mind long after other shows have been confined to brain-dust.”  - FringeReview on This Is Just Who I Am

“Brilliant… Prag is an ace physical comic.”  – The Scotsman on This Is Just Who I Am

ACCESSIBILITY: Thanks to a collaboration with Digital 4, all performances will be captioned using a portable LED screen. All performances will have creatively integrated audio description. No extra tech is required from audience. An audio introduction is available here. ¦ @miranda_praaaaaagh


Created and performed by: Miranda Prag

Producer: Veronika Diamond

Lighting design: Amy Daniels

Set design/build collaborator: Tom Mills

Sound design: Alice Gilmour

Costume design: Katie Duxbury

Outside eye support: Theodora van der Beek and Sam Holley-Horseman

WARNINGS: Suitable for ages 12+. Some strong language.

ADMISSION: Pay What You Can.

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