Lost in Time

A touching insight into the passionate nature of a woman who battled & overcame prejudice in a male dominated world.” Marion Cox, Dorset Echo, & Daily Echo Bournemouth & Poole   

Thank you for sharing your creativity with us last night. What a beautiful and thought-provoking piece of theatre”. – Naomi Richards, Bristol and West General Branch – Equity Union Member

“A brilliant night of theatre. Fantastic performers telling a story in such an imaginative way” – Freiny Miles, Audience Member

“Absolutely incredible” – Natasha Wallace (Audience Member)

Now Completed 


29 September – 4 November 2021

     Promo video          

Wed 29 Sept – Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth, Dorset PREMIERE

Mary Anning – The Mad Woman of Lyme – Weymouth Pavilion

Thurs 30 Sept – Clifford Studio, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter

Exeter Barnfield Theatre Mary Anning: Lost in Time – Exeter Barnfield Theatre

Sat 2 Oct – The Sturminster Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

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Wed 6 Oct – Marine Theatre Lyme Regis

MARY ANNING: Lost in Time – Marine Theatre

Sat 09 Oct – Dorchester Arts, Sunninghill School 

What’s On – Dorchester Arts

Sat 16 Oct – Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, Hants     

Mary Anning: ‘Lost in Time’ @ Winchester Discovery Centre | Hampshire County Council (

Wed 3 Nov Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol

Thurs 4 Nov Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol  

Buy tickets for Mary Anning – Lost in Time at Alma Tavern and Theatre, Wed 3 Nov 2021 8:00 PM – Thu 4 Nov 2021 8:00 PM (

 Touring 2022


Artistic Director, Jane McKell

Tel: 01305 835541/ 07778 737700


‘Comments about previous productions’

‘Escaping the Storm’

“AsOne Theatre takes the controversial life of Marie Stopes and slaps you in the face with it. A daring and provocative production Chris Aziz (Audience Review), Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth

 ‘She Opened the Door’

“a theatrical treasure of the future” – Marion Cox, Dorset Echo

Project information:

In 2012 AsOne theatre company completed a pilot tour of a then newly commissioned play, ‘The Cabinet Maker’s Daughter’; In association with The Jurassic Coast Earth Festival and  the Cultural Olympiad ( the company base, Weymouth & Portland was the Olympic Sailing Venue). The play told the remarkable story of 19th Century Dorset fossil hunter, Mary Anning, the world’s first female palaeontologist who eventually had collectors beating a path to her Lyme Regis fossil depot. These men bought the specimen’s all cleaned and displayed, in turn named the fossils after themselves and Mary’s name receded into the mists of time; forgotten.

We decided to revisit the play during an exciting development and rehearsal period; revising it along with the playwright; editing and rewriting creating a 70 -minute piece of thrilling story-telling in a multi-media piece of theatre; including: an electronic music soundscape, by an aspiring producer and sound designer; heightened contemporary drama; projection, and a clever versatile, interchangeable set design.   We are also widening our tour and reach as a company adding London (although that week is now postponed until Spring 2022), and other cultural cities to our usual  schedule. The playwright has already re-named the play to make sure this amazing woman’s name is remembered: MARY ANNING with the tag line “The mad woman of Lyme” ;  the locals unkindly called her this towards the end of her days witnessing her drunk – unaware she was on Laudanum for the pain of breast cancer. In 2010, the Royal Society recognized Mary Anning as one of ten British women who have most influenced the development of science. One of our AsOne ‘Sheroes’! We are passionate to further what is known by relatively few –  self-educated, Mary Anning will not be forgotten. A trailblazer for all young people, from any background to become scientists.

‘…powerful, thought provoking, with brilliant performances – every bit as good as the shows I have seen this week in London Eunice Kennedy, Crediton AC 2012

“Very unusual & thought provoking – especially with projected images” Lighthouse, Poole audience member