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Sarah Guppy: The Bridge, The Bed, The Truth

Sarah Guppy - The Bridge, The Bed, The Truth

Sarah Guppy — the first woman to patent a bridge and the first to formally design one. 

Engineer, inventor, campaigner, designer, reformer, writer, environmentalist and business woman – to name but eight. Born in Birmingham in 1770 – as the Industrial Revolution revved its engine – she moved to Bristol to marry merchant Samuel Guppy. Her other patents include a breakfast machine and an exercise bed. She had six children and married her second husband at the age of 66 – he was 31. 

She also mentored young IK Brunel with his – winning – entry for that Clifton Bridge Competition.

2018 celebrates the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage and Year of Engineering: the perfect time for Sarah to tell her remarkable story.

Well known Bristol actor Kim Hicks plays Sarah, Director Sue Colverd directed Show of Strength’s acclaimed Fanny and Johnnie Cradock Cook The Great American Songbook, and the script is by Creative Producer Sheila Hannon.


SARAH GUPPY: THE BRIDGE, THE BED, THE TRUTH is at:

The Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Tue/Wed 6 & 7 November (8.30pm)
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The Create Centre, Hotwells Thur/Fri 8 & 9 November (4pm and 6.30pm)
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The Savoy Theatre, Monmouth Saturday 10 November 2pm.
Book tickets: www.monmouth-savoy.co.uk

The performance lasts an hour.
All tickets £10.


Part of Deeds Not Words celebrations

Current Productions Blood, Booze and Buccaneers

Join us for lashings of BLOOD, BOOZE AND BUCCANEERS in Bristol docks.

Our walking tour visits a few dockside hostelries along the way, with new revelations about Bristol born Blackbeard that will change your view of pirates forever.

The real Blackbeard couldn’t have been more different from your average, rum soaked TREASURE ISLAND pirate. So many voyages began in Bristol: even Long John Silver sailed to TREASURE ISLAND from Bristol docks. And by the end of our tour you should be able to separate the fact from the fiction — just in time for the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death, later this year.

Meet at The Golden Guinea in Redcliffe, finishing near The Centre.
Cost: £10, advance booking only, buy your own drinks.
Lasts: 2 – 2 ½ hours
Dates & Times: it’s proving popular so we keep adding more. And the 300th anniversary is coming up, so check the booking site (below) for the latest dates.

Updates on our Facebook page

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Book tickets: StageStubs »

Current Productions Frankenstein in Bath

Frankenstein in Bath 2018

more genuine Gothic horror than her novel… enthralling” — Theatre Bath

fascinating… I was spellbound… very good value” — Trip Advisor 5*

captivating, breathtaking” — Listomania, Bath

wonderful evening… my students were quite simply enthralled” — group organiser

Eastenders with posh people and poetry!” — audience member

An extraordinary walking tour revealing Bath’s best kept secret: Mary Shelley wrote much of FRANKENSTEIN in Bath. Secrets and lies, suicides, concealed births, ruined reputations and false identities – walk in Mary Shelley’s footsteps as she wrote her gothic masterpiece in the autumn/winter of 1816/17.

FRANKENSTEIN IN BATH takes you where she lived, where she wrote, and where she kept her dark secrets – as a chain of real life disasters unfolded around her.

To mark the 200th anniversary of FRANKENSTEIN’s publication, there’s now a plaque to Mary Shelley in Bath – included in the tour.

Tickets

Tickets cost £10, advance booking recommended (some tickets available each night, cash only). Book tickets online here »

MEET/START: outside Sally Lunn’s, North Parade Passage, BATH BA1 1NX and ends close by. Lasts approx 90 mins. Mainly on the flat with stops along the way.
Not recommended for under 12s.

Sally Lunn’s, the perfect place to eat before the tour: www.sallylunns.co.uk

Please contact us for private tours and large groups »

Tours between March and October

March: 23rd, 24th, 25th, 29th, 30th, 31st all start at 7.30pm
April: 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th all start at 7.30pm
May: 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 31st all start at 8pm
June: 1st, 2nd all start at 8pm
August: 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 31st all start at 7.30pm
September: 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, 29th all start at 7.30pm
October: 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th all start at 6.30pm

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Photos from Frankenstein in Bath performances

Photos: Zuleika Henry

Current Productions Blood and Butchery in Bedminster

Blood and Butchery in Bedminster, Tuesday evenings

Bedminsterwhere graves were robbed by body snatchers, and corpses buried in concrete coffins.

Where the old Chinese laundry vanished years ago, and where ‘laundering’ now means money, big money, 13 million, ‘laundered’ through a Bedminster bank.

Where criminals were sentenced to hang in public, their cadavers flayed, their skin tanned and made into…

…the answer is in BLOOD AND BUTCHERY IN BEDMINSTER, — so successful we keep adding more dates – particularly around Hallowe’en. So check the booking site for the latest.


“the best walking tour I’ve ever done” – @WeirdBristol on Twitter

“uncanny and macabre… cracking script… consummate performer” – Bristol Life Magazine

“a gripping jaunt through the Bedminster underworld…
even lifelong BS3 residents will learn something new” – South Bristol Voice


Join us at The Ropewalk on Bedminster Parade and visit a few more pubs along the way, all with fascinating tales to tell – including the gruesome fate of John Horwood; the man eaten by a lion; and Bedminster’s own Romeo and Juliet.

Our last walking tour, FRANKENSTEIN IN BATH, won Best Live Performance at 2017’s Creative Bath Awards. All you need to know is here, so book for this one now, it’s selling fast: buy tickets »

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Bedminster BID
In association with Bedminster BID

Recent Productions WALKING THE CHAINS - Terrific reviews

Hannah Darby in WALKING THE CHAINS.  Pic: Zuleika Henry

Terrific reviews for January’s celebration of Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge including ‘thrilling… gurgles with life’ – Lyn Gardner in The Guardian.

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Productions Cracking reviews for Cradock

Read the cracking reviews for Show of Strength’s FANNY AND JOHNNIE CRADOCK COOK THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

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Frankenstein in Bath Great reviews for Frankenstein in Bath

Theatre Bath: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is an enthralling story, well told and meticulously researched, with many newly-discovered facts… …You will be entertained, enlightened and horrified in equal measure. Fascinating. Read the full review »

Bath Newseum:

Tragedy and triumph, romance and despair are all woven into a street performance that was both informative and – please forgive the pun – even shocking in its revelations. Read the full review »

Trip Advisor

fascinating… I was spellbound… very good value
All reviews here »

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Frankenstein in Bath Winner of Best Live performance

Winner of Best Live performance, Creative Bath Awards 2017

Delighted to win Best Live Performance at the Creative Bath awards for FRANKENSTEIN IN BATH.

A powerful commitment and presence in Bath. Their performances are spellbinding and thought-provoking. And we praise their campaign for a blue plaque for Frankenstein author Mary Shelley”

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Fanny’s Recipes

Fanny Cradock was an innovator: blue hard-boiled eggs and green mashed potato to name but two. If you’d like to know a bit more about her cooking here’s a few of her recipes, starting with the famous Prawn Cocktail…

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Productions

Information on current productions, what we’ve got planned for the future and everything we’ve done in the past.

Zuleika Henry

Our photographer is the fabulous Zuleika Henry. Her new website includes her work for the RSC: www.zuleikahenry.co.uk

Opportunities Volunteers

Show of Strength often employ volunteers during productions. If you are interested in volunteering for us please email us your details.