Recent Productions WALKING THE CHAINS

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 »

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Recent Productions Anne Bonny’s Lunchtime Pirate Panto

It’s not a lunchtime panto? Oh Yes It is!
It’s not only a fiver for 2 people? Oh Yes It Is!
It’s not Angie Belcher? Oh Yes It Is!

Join Buccaneer Belcher for terrifying tales of Bristol’s pirates, fact & fiction: Blackbeard, Long John Silver, Woodes Rogers, Robinson Crusoe, Calico Jack Rackham and the extraordinary Anne Bonny. With some of the worst pirate jokes you’ll ever hear and Ted the fact checking Hartcliffe parrot, making sure she gets it right.

ANNE BONNY’S LUNCHTIME PIRATE PANTO lasts half an hour in Bedminster’s newest venue: Chicken Shed at the Hen & Chicken on North Street BS3 1JF. So take in a show, have some lunch and do your Christmas shopping – all in Bedminster.

  • Performances 1pm & 2pm, Saturdays 7th, 14th and 21st December
  • Suitable for ages 7 and up
  • Tickets £5 for one adult and one child (age 11 and under)
  • Additional children £3 (11 and under) each
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Unaccompanied adults and 12 and over: £5

Advance booking via StageStubs »

Tickets on the door if available.

Angie Belcher’s work is known for its ‘high laughter content’ – Bristol 24/7, and Phil Jupitus says, ‘Highly recommended, go see her!

Show Of Strength’s recent accolades include ‘Best of Bristol 2018: Theatre’ from Bristol247 and Best Live Performance, Creative Bath Awards. Oh Yes They Do.

Our walking tours will be back in 2020 – keep an eye on Facebook Twitter@showofstrength and Instagram@showofstrengthtc

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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