Past Productions


Ben Walker rehearsing WALKING THE CHAINS.  Photo Zuleika Henry

13-25 January 2015

Walking the Chains CIC in association with
Show of Strength Theatre Company and Circomedia present


Roll up! Roll up! Celebrate the 150th birthday of Bristol’s best loved landmark!
8 actor musicians, 4 circus performers, a band and a choir telling—and singing—the stories and secrets of Brunel’s glorious Clifton Suspension Bridge. And it’s happening in another Brunel masterpiece: The Passenger Shed.

Meet the young Brunel with his audacious plans to hang a bridge across the gorge; the men who ‘walked the chains’ to keep it working; the girl saved from suicide by her billowing skirts.

Writer ACH Smith’s musical play about Bristol Docks, ‘Up the Feeder Down the ‘Mouth’ was “Remarkable…. rollicking… spectacular… theatre that matters” (Guardian). WALKING THE CHAINS is produced, directed & designed by the team behind the much praised Trade It?An exhilarating odyssey” (Guardian).

Rehearsals are now under way and it’s looking very good.

For audiences aged 8+

Show Time and Prices

Preview: Sunday 11 January at 3pm, £10 any seat
Evenings: Tuesday to Sunday at 7.30pm, £12 – £24
Matinees: Saturday 17 and 24 January at 2pm, £12 – £24
Concessions: £2 off | Booking fee: 50p per ticket


Brunel’s Passenger Shed, Temple Meads
Bristol BS1 6QH

Box Office

Colston Hall, Bristol, BS1 5AR
0844 887 1500

Writer: ACH Smith
Director: Robin Belfield
Composer: Elizabeth Purnell
Designer: James Helps

You can download the flyer here »