The Engineer’s Corset

The Engineer’s Corset is a new play based on a true life event in the time of Isambard Kingdom Brunel; performed to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

When Isambard swallows a coin, after playing a familiar game with his children, his wife Mary waits anxiously as her husband’s life hangs in the balance. Victorian England is revisited while Brunel, on his death-bed, designs a swinging frame to help release the obstinate coin. It is a true story; one that will remind the audience of Brunel’s genius while also revealing some little known local history. This is a play for Bristol about Bristol. Come and join us for an evening of support for Bristol’s heritage.

Presented by Louise Matthews Productions Ltd, Janet Goddard and Chantry Dance Company, in Association with the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre. Performed by a cast made up entirely from the local community who have been working with professional theatre makers to learn about local history and create this interesting piece of theatre surrounding Brunel’s life. History will be brought alive through the use of movement, dance and sound.

In 1831 Isambard Kingdom Brunel was appointed Project Engineer of The Clifton Suspension Bridge. He never lived to see its completion but 150 years later we are celebrating the grand opening of the Bridge. Following previous events in this anniversary year The Engineer’s Corset is the final theatrical tribute to Bristol’s icon.

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Written by Janet Goddard

Directed by Janet Goddard and Associate Director Stephanie Kempson

Choreography by Chantry Dance Company:  Paul Chantry & Rae Piper

Design by Lizzy Leech

Original Sound Composition by Litha Efthymiou

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