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Calling all Time Travellers! Run Ragged present an exhilarating dance to the music of time for all ages.     

Calling all Time Travellers!  Run Ragged present an exhilarating dance to the music of time for all ages.

The First Time Machine, presented by Run Ragged Productions, is an extraordinary family show featuring dance, theatre, live music and even man-eating bears, and will be embark on a four-week tour of Wales and England in January and February 2015 performing at Aberystwyth Arts Centre 2pm, Sunday 15 February.

Created and performed by the grandsons of Enrique Gaspar (who invented the very first time machine in his novel El Anacronopete) the audience is taken on an incredible sci-fi odyssey into the past with a healthy smattering of deeds of derring-do along the way.

Before Doctor Who, before Back to the Future and even predating H.G Well's iconic novel of the same title there was Anacronopete – The First Time Machine. The show created by the Brothers Treays, both professional dancers, shares stories of their childhood, the wealth of possessions that make up their grandfather's legacy and the universal desire to get to know our ancestors.

Jem Treays, one of the grandsons and also artistic director of Run Ragged Productions comments:

“One hundred and ten years after my grandfather's death I wanted to use my experience as a dancer and choreographer to create a time machine onstage. We are fortunate to have at our disposal a fantastic family archive of materials with which to create our own machine: His possessions, his writing and the stories passed down to us by our grandmother. For us it's about finding the story that's in our blood and enabling us to reinterpret the past, shape the present, envisage a new future and most importantly take the audience on an enthralling journey through time. I also wanted to bring an element of adventure, even Pythonesque humour to the stage that will thrill our fellow adventurers.”

The First Time Machine is Run Ragged’s second major show having received considerable acclaim for its previous production 'Out of The Box', a show for 3 – 8 year olds. Based in Cardiff Run Ragged Productions was established by Jem Treays in 2011 to create intelligent, accessible and vibrant dance and theatre work for family audiences. The First Time Machine is now on its second run in Wales with previews in early 2014 receiving excellent audience reactions.

Run Ragged have also recently been nominated for Best Dance Production at the Wales Theatre Awards for their latest piece Transitions, featuring Jem Treays and his daughter Ella.
The First time Machine will begin its tour at Blackwood Miners Institute on the 24th January 2015 and will visit the Torch Theatre, Taliesin Arts Centre, Chapter, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Anvil, Theatr Brycheiniog and Welfare throughout the rest of January and February.
Fellow adventurers, hold on to your seats!

For more information on the production visit

To book at Aberystwyth Arts Centre contact the ticket office on 01970 62 32 32 or go online
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