To Move In Time

Created 2019

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To Move In Time is a monologue written by Tim Etchells for performer and collaborator Tyrone Huggins, in which an unnamed protagonist speculates playfully about what he’d do if he were able to travel backwards and forwards in time.

From fantasies of changing the present, to obsessions with everyday events in the past, to dreaming up ways to get rich from knowledge of the future, the text is an unfolding compulsive thought process.

In the end though, far from the science fiction of time travel it is ostensibly working with, To Move In Time concerns itself with questions of value and priority – what matters, what needs to be cared for and what can be changed.

An obsessive stream of consciousness tangled and contradictory, the work combines Etchells’ text with Huggins’ powerful performance to walk a line between comic absurdity and melancholia.


Etchells’ script is a masterpiece of precise observation and perfectly crafted musicality, moving subtly through love, amusement, anger, frustration and joy

The Herald (Scotland) – on ‘That Night Follows Day’



Writer & Director Tim Etchells
Performer & Collaborator Tyrone Huggins
Assistant Director Hester Chillingworth
Lighting Design Jim Harrison
Production Management Jim Harrison

To Move In Time is a Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment production, in collaboration with Tyrone Huggins. Co-commissioned by The Yard Theatre. Supported by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Forced Entertainment is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.

Image: Vlatka Horvat. And Counting (Five), 2011.
Modified clock, modified wooden rulers. Courtesy the artist.