Time and Tide

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  1w, 3m

Time and Tide is an LGBTQ-themed comedy drama about a Norfolk community struggling with change.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1w, 3m
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences



Norfolk’s bootiful. Miles of coastline, endless sea, endless sky. So much space to dream big dreams. But… yeah: there’s nowhere round here to make those dreams come true.

May runs a crumbling caff on the end of Cromer Pier. Her delivery man Ken is losing customers to Costa. Her head waiter Nemo is desperate to leave Norfolk and tread the boards in London. Nemo’s unrequited love Daz is burying his head in the sand over his best mate leaving.

Time and Tide is an LGBTQ-themed comedy drama about a Norfolk community struggling with change.

The play was longlisted for The Bruntwood, Papatango and Verity Bargate Playwriting Prizes and was developed on Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator Programme 2018 before having its world premiere at Park Theatre in February 2020.

The world premiere of Time and Tide took place at Park Theatre, London on 5th February 2020.
MAY – female, fifties, slight Norfolk accent, runs a caff on Cromer Pier, cuddly, feisty, maternal
KEN – male, fifties, thick Norfolk accent, bread man, talker, awkward, avuncular
NEMO – male, eighteen, waiter but aspiring actor, clumsy, witty, book smart
DAZ – male, eighteen, black, waiter but aspiring handyman, cheeky, cocky, chatty
  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting May’s Caff on the end of Cromer Pier, North Norfolk, England.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


"Bittersweet, intergenerational coming-of-age play..." - The Stage 

"Time and Tide explores the conflict between staying with the familiar and taking the leap to face the unknown." - The Upcoming

"...it is equal measures laugh-out-loud, heartrending and nostalgic." - The Upcoming


Breaking Character

Writing from the heart:
Q&A with playwright James McDermott

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James McDermott

James McDermott trained at the University of East Anglia with an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting, the Royal Court Writers Group, Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab, Hampstead Theatre’s Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme, Criterion Theatre’s New Writing Programme and Menagerie T ...

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