Is Now A Good Time?

Out of Chaos presents
Is Now A Good Time?
by Adam Barnard, Laura Mugridge and PaulO’Mahony 

It’s Sam from Red Onion Research.
Is now a good time? 

Is Now A Good Time? is a brand-new interactive piece of theatre conducted over the phone. Sign up to receive four calls from Red Onion Research over the course of an hour. 

How many hats do you own?
Would you rather be too hot or too cold?
Are your first impressions of someone usually accurate? 

Sam and Alex work in the same call centre. Sometimes they sit next to each other. They really love their job but there’s something missing. You might need to help them figure out what that is.

Is Now A Good Time?  is a charming, funny and unexpected story, told in a truly original way. 


Running time: no more than one hour
Age recommendation: see audience information below
Photos courtesy of the company


Media coverage

Hear Out of Chaos’ Artistic Director Paul O’Mahony talk about the show on BBC Sounds: Evenings on BBC Radio Sheffield – Ellie Colton – BBC Sounds (listen from 10′ 45”)


A Younger Theatre   *****

“I promise, this will be the one phone survey you will actually want to take.”

“The piece’s ability to deliver both comedy and sentimentality is quite simply unbelievable.”

“50 minutes of laughter and joy, leaving me very reluctant to hang up the phone.”

“This heartfelt show is an absolute gem.”

Exeunt Magazine

“The interactivity is pitched perfectly; it’s a rebuttal to any notion that the live experience requires physical proximity.”

“If you’re listening in a group (speakerphone recommended), what a delight it is to be able to communicate freely with your companions as the piece unfolds, trading looks and gestures with one another, interacting with them as liberally as you interact with the work.” 


“A brilliant phone play that will make you pine for office life.”

“The story is a reminder of the before-times that’s warmly nostalgic and genuinely funny, leaving me with the kind of wide smile we could all do with in these dog days of coronavirus.”

“A number of actors are on a rotating roster but I can certainly vouch for the performances of Rhys Rusbatch and Laura Mugridge, who I felt a real connection with over the course of our chats.”

The Stage

“A sweet and often funny piece of lockdown theatre that makes you appreciate the loveliness of awkward social interactions.”


Out of Chaos make work which is exciting, challenging and generous with a belief in the absolute importance of clear storytelling in creative and surprising forms. 

‘No-frills theatre showcasing the art of storytelling.’ British Theatre Guide
‘A magic formula’ The Stage 
Three Weeks Editors’ Award, Edinburgh 
Best Newcomer, Brighton Fringe 


This performance is supported by Arts Council England with funds from the National Lottery 

Selected dates are presented by house, delivered by Farnham Maltings and funded by Arts Council England.

The production originated with support from New Popular, a Farnham Maltings project.


Audience information:

Is Now A Good Time? will take place over the phone. It is suitable for landlines, mobiles or internet call. Please make sure when booking that you provide an accurate, up-to-date phone number.

It can be experienced by a single audience member (age 16+) or a group/family in the same household (age 12+ where adults are part of the group). It’s important you book for the correct number of people taking part so that the show can be tailored to your group. Group calls should take place over speaker phone.

You will be called on the number you’ve provided at your allotted start time. If the call is to a mobile phone, please ensure that you are in a place with reliable signal. You will also have the option to provide a back-up number. The performance consists of four calls, with short breaks between each one. The show running time varies slightly based on group size, but won’t exceed an hour.


Tour dates below; more to be announced

Tour Dates

Date Time Venue Booking Information
24/03/2021 - 27/03/2021 times vary South Street Arts Centre Book here
31/03/2021 - 04/04/2021 times vary Ventnor Exchange Book here
07/04/2021 - 11/04/2021 times vary Colchester Arts Centre Book here
04/05/2021 - 08/05/2021 times vary The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre Book here
18/05/2021 - 22/05/2021 times vary The Woodville Book here
25/05/2021 - 29/05/2021 times vary Norwich Playhouse Book here
01/06/2021 - 04/06/2021 times vary Wells Maltings Book here
08/06/2021 - 12/06/2021 times vary The Theatre, Chipping Norton Book here