The Engineer's Thumb

Victor Hatherley is a newly qualified engineer, alone in the world and struggling to advance his career.

“I suppose everyone who’s set up a business finds it difficult, a small individual struggling to establish themself in the busy competitive market place.  A rule of thumb is to grasp with both hands every opportunity that comes your way.   But what if the opportunity comes from a stranger and with a mysterious set of conditions?  Should you pass up an opportunity, your only hope of advancement, if it involves possible danger?”

The Engineer’s Thumb is inspired by a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle. Using rod puppetry, light, shadow and object manipulation, we encounter experiments in hydraulics, memories coming to life and a terrifying coach ride along a dark country lane.

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About The Company


Dotted Line Theatre creates original work with a playful quality.  Our shows have a strong narrative and visual style, and we draw from a variety of theatrical disciplines, in particular puppetry.  The company was formed in 2012 by Rachel Warr, a theatre director, dramaturge and puppeteer.  Rachel was Little Angel Theatre’s Associate Artist of 2012.  Dotted Line Theatre’s first production, The Lonely One, debuted at Little Angel last March before travelling to The Pulse Festival (New Wolsey Theatre) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Underbelly).  The Engineer’s Thumb is our second production. www.dottedlinetheatre.co.uk