Current Productions

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. 

Missed her in November? Catch 10 minutes free on Saturday 2 March when Sarah’s at The Council House as part of International Women’s Day.
10 minute shows 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. See full details here »


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.

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.


Part of Deeds Not Words celebrations