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Hope Aria Academy, Manchester

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The year is 1941 and rehearsals for Henry V are underway... 

Greyhounds entwines Shakespeare's famous story of 'warlike Harry' with the everyday trials and tribulations of small village life during World War Two. Whilst the war rages above them, the residents of Shuttlefield struggle to stage a production of Henry V to raise money for the local Spitfire fund, little knowing that it will change their lives forever.

From 1941 to VE Day we follow the impact of the war on a peaceful pocket of the country and its most ordinary of inhabitants (who might not be quite as ordinary as they imagine.)  New writing combining a taste of Shakespeare, a touch of comedy and true vintage flair.

Greyhounds is the first play by new young writer Laura Crow. It premiered as a one-act play at The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July 2017 before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 for a highly successful run. It has since found life as a full length production, touring historical sites and rural locations across the UK.

This will be the first performances with Greyhounds brand new cast for 2019!


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Hope Aria Academy

Pollard Street


M40 7FS

Directed by Jacqueline Wheble and Laura Crow 
Design by Laura Crow 
Photography - Tom Barker

Ruby Winters - Sam Vaughan 
Katherine Winters - Katherine Reynolds
Nancy Wilde - Kendal Boardman
Edward Holmes - Ben Hynes
Will Croft - Adam Martin-Brooks
Arthur Nelson - Tim Cooper

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the building - a disused mill - the venue is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility, as the performance area is accessed via a flight of stairs.

When do the doors open?
Doors open at 7pm, half an hour before the performance starts.

Do you have a latecomers policy?
Latecomers will not be permitted until the interval, once the performance has started.

Is this the same building/venue as Hope Mill Theatre?
Please note, this is not the same venue as Hope Mill Theatre. Hope Aria Academy is further along Pollard Street East, in a separate building. There will be posters up on the nights of the performances to guide you in. 


Time & Again Theatre Company

Time & Again Theatre Company was formed in the summer of 2017, by Laura Crow, as a new young theatre company wishing to explore all things vintage and historical in ways that are fresh and relevant for today. “Greyhounds manages to capture the historical tale – life on the 1940s home front – with human experience (love, loss, unfilled potential) and merges these with political themes that are extremely relevant to modern life – the notion of ‘the other’, the morality of war and how society treats those with mental health conditions.” – Northern Soul Time & Again are particularly interested in exploring the lives of historical women who push boundaries, either by working in typically male-dominated industries, engaging in political or revolutionary ideas, or behaving in a way that wasn’t deemed acceptable by society at the time.