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An Experiment with an Air Pump


Shelagh Stephenson

Directed by Mike Rogerson

10th - 17th October 2015

An Experiment with an Air Pump was first seen at the Royal Exchange in 1998. It offers a whole series of moral problems across two centuries, for it is simultaneously set in the same room at the end of 1799 and the end of 1999, switching from one date to the other.

In 1799, on the eve of a new century, a northern English house buzzes with scientific experiments, furtive romance, and farcical amateur dramatics. But in 1999, in a world of scientific chaos and genetic engineering, the same house reveals a dark secret buried for 200 years.

Rehearsal photographs
Dr Joseph Fenwick (1799)Paul Reid
Susannah Fenwick (1799)Rani Jackson
Harriet Fenwick (1799)Anna Sillitoe
Maria Fenwick (1799)Vicky Bourne
Peter Mark Roget (1799)Josh Neary
Thomas Armstrong (1799)Mark Rowlands
Isobel Bridie (1799)Emma Toms
Ellen (1999)Rani Jackson
Tom (1999)Paul Reid
Phil (1999)Mark Rowlands
Kate (1999)Anna Sillitoe
Assistant DirectorLinda Batson
Stage ManagerBob Stewart
ASMsClare Lewis, Jessica Trimble, Ben Shotton, Alison Fleming, Jill Stringer
PromptAdele Taylor
PropsFenella Fowkes, Clare Lewis
Model MakerJacque Bilsborough
DécorDiana Boswell
LightingBruce Williams
SoundKeith Cooney
WardrobeOlive Bradbury, Linda Batson, Carole Holmes
HairJulie Dooley
Rehearsal photographsChris Hills
House ManagerIan Cole, Ian McBride
The play was kindly sponsored by:
SC & P Jones, Builders & Plumbers Merchant and Bathroom Specialists