An Experiment with an Air Pump (2011)

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by Shelagh Stephenson

Directed by Catherine Ellis

Performances: Tue 17th – Sat 21st May 2011, Prompt Corner


At times both comedic and poignantly tragic, An Experiment with an Air Pump concerns a mystery unravelled when characters in 1999 make a macabre discovery which has its origins in 1799.

Set in both eras in the same house, the play examines the ethics of science in the context of two domestic dramas. Ambition and intellectual differences drive a wedge through loving relationships across the ages, whilst posing the question: When is it right to use human life in the furtherance of scientific progress?


Creative Team

With thanks to:

All the cast and crew for being fantastic. The Prince Regent, The Hope and Alleyn's School for rehearsal space, the cast and crew of Whipping It Up, Alan Buckman, Jacqueline and Andy Johnson for the loan of props, all the Box Office, Front of House and Bar teams, Theatre Committee, my friends and family for still being unable to understand why I like to make my life so busy but putting up with it and supporting me anyway. Laura for being solid as a rock and as wonderful as a gemstone, and Marcus.


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