Past Productions

An Audience with Sarah Guppy

Writer: Sheila Hannon
Performer: Kim Hicks
Director: Alan Dossor

Commissioned by Brunel 200, An audience with Sarah Guppy , a new play by Sheila Hannon about an amazing inventor and designer. An audience with Sarah Guppy will tour in 2008 and beyond. It is suitable for conventional venues and non-theatre spaces (including schools) as technical requirements are minimum. Kim Hicks plays the remarkable woman who also taught IK Brunel more than a thing or two about suspension bridges. Mother of Brunel’s colleague and backer Thomas, Sarah Guppy was responsible for bringing Brunel to Bristol in the first place. Sponsored by Hitachi with an interactive whiteboard, this innovative performance uses twenty first century technology to bring the achievements of an extraordinary eighteenth century female engineer to life. Students at City of Bristol College have recreated her designs in 3D which are incorporated into the performance.

Directed by Alan Dossor, whose extensive credits include West End and Broadway, the production has toured Bristol and the region (SS Great Britain; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham) to great acclaim and was shortlisted for 2006’s Engineering Media Challenge Awards.

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Director: Alan Dossor
Performer: Kim Hicks
Designer: James Helps

“…Remarkable …brought science, technology & art together in a unique way.”
-Tony Watkins, Sub Dean, Faculty of Technology, University of Plymouth

“…Virtuosic …vivid portrait of a forgotten Bristolian who played an important part in the Brunel story…”
-Helen Reid, Bristol Evening Post

“…Beautifully constructed, an engaging balance of informative and entertaining… turns a mass of raw material into an enthralling entertainment with breathtaking skill.”
–Shirley Brown, former Theatre Editor, Venue

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