The Place at the Bridge

Chinonyerem Odimba, Helena Middleton, Lesel D Dawson, Rachel E Hare, Gina Walter, Morag Massey (Producer)

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


Set in Bristol, England, The Place at the Bridge is a new performance of Shakespeare’s sonnets, exploring our relationship to the city and each other through the stories of five contemporary characters. It was performed at Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory from 26th-28th May to a small live audience and with an online livestream. Some of the sonnets are now available to watch as individual videos on a YouTube playlist. In STF’s production, the poems speak not only to eternal themes of love, alienation and desire, but also address urgent questions about who we are and where we love.

Writer and Dramaturg: Chinonyerem Odimba
Director: Helena Middleton

CAST (in order of appearance)
Laurie: Alexandra Wollacott
Preacher: Nadia Williams
Artist: Shane David-Joseph
Jaz: Zachary Powell
Frances: Heather Williams
Music composed and performed by Sura Susso

Designer: Alana Ashley
Research and Creative Collaborators: Lesel Dawson, Rachel Hare and Gina Walter
Lighting Designer: Rachael Duthie
Sound Designer: Jack Drewry
Production Manager: Nic Prior
Assistant Director: Xahnaa Adlam
Stage Manager: Madeleine Coward
Executive Director: Morag Massey
Artwork by Bristol Graffiti artists: Inkie, Mollymural, Zed in the clouds, Stivs, Rozalita

The performance was suppoted by DCMS Cultural Recovery Funding, Garfield Weston Foundation and University of Bristol.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


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