Welcome to the world of BRASS!
BRASS is a multi-platform adventure serial about a family of Victorian science geniuses, each with unique abilities, living in a 19th century very different from the one in our history books. Lord Brass is an inventor and tactician, Lady Brass a Sherlock Holmes-level detective, son Cyril a martial artist savant, and daughter Gwendolyn a mistress of disguise and con artist. Together they serve Crown and Country as they battle a criminal mastermind.
In this world aetheric batteries power robot-like automatons, giant airships traverse the skies, and Babbage computational engines have brought the information age to the world a century earlier than in our own. Victoria and Albert rule a British Empire that is even more powerful than the one in our history, as well as more just—if perhaps more dangerous.
As our story begins, the Brass Family have just returned from years serving abroad to a London under the grip of a mysterious Crime Minister, who has established a firm authority over the many criminal gangs of the Capitol. Given their experience in espionage, they think that finding and destroying their enemy should be a simple task—but they are gravely mistaken.
BRASS takes place across multiple media, with the chronicles of the First Family playing out as an audio series, live stage shows and a short film. Here’s a list of cast and credits for the first two seasons of the audio series, and you can listen to both seasons here.
We’ve also recently launched a complementary podcast series called BRASS Stacks, narrated short stories from some of the greatest writers of the Victorian and Edwardian series. You can listen to that show here.
The live stage shows take place in various theaters in the Pacific Northwest, featuring many of the members of the audio cast, as the family embark on other adventures. In Oh My Azaleas!, Lord and Lady Brass follow a mystery involving a falling body, a stolen necklace, and the fiercest fighters in the Empire, the gurkhas. Azaleas was staged at Seattle’s Theater Schmeater in September 2015. In the second, Fatal Footlights, Cyril and Gwendolyn go undercover backstage at the premiere of Oscar Wilde’s first play to discover who is threatening catastrophe if the curtain goes up. Footlights was staged at The Schmee in April 2016. Here’s a video of the “title sequence” from “Azaleas,” and some photos from “Footlights.”
December update: We’re pleased to present a world premiere reading of our new BRASS Holiday Play The Christmas Case: A Lady Brass Mystery on Saturday December 15th at 8:00 at the Chapel Theatre in Portland, Oregon! The Brass women seek refuge with family on Christmas eve, only to find their rest cure interrupted by the mystery of a vanishing sapphire. Intrigue, comedy and an unexpected sighting of Father Christmas, all wrapped up as a special Holiday treat! (Tickets for sale at the door. For more information on the show, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org)
We’ve also produced three short films, which you can watch on our BRASS films page. Here are some behind the scenes production photos: