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The question Star quality

The latest sensation sweeping the West End is a musical homage to the life of 1980's pop idol Boy George. We ask: who's life would you like to take to the stage?

The name is not important, but the role is. He or she would be working for RedR - perhaps in Afghanistan, Kosovo or Sierra Leone - repairing the vital infrastructure. Few engineers will be really famous, but every one can make a significant impact on the quality of life - never more so than in former war zones.

A stage production could get this message across and perhaps turn the tide on reducing numbers starting civil engineering courses.

Bryan Stead, 55, transport consultant, Norfolk 'South West Trains - The Musical'. The plot would be disappointing and the cast would regularly turn up late, if at all.

There would be no toilets, but you would get a complimentary piece of chewing gum stuck to your seat. The musical would run for a while before stopping for no apparent reason.

Jonathan Rogers, 30, coastal engineer, Surrey A musical based loosely on the fiasco of the Millennium Dome would make for good entertainment. It could be filled with interesting characters like frustrated creative designers, hard-pressed engineers and meddlesome politicians.

Matthew Toy, 36, principal engineer, Epsom What about Sir James Drake, president of the Institution of Highways and Transportation from 1959-1960, who famously described the motorway as a 'sculpture on an exciting and grand scale, carving, moulding, forging and adapting materials provided by nature into a finished product which must be functional and pleasing to the eye.'

Peter Wadsworth, 57, director, West Sussex George 'Dubyah' Bush - just to get an insight into where he is coming from and where he might be taking us all.

Geoff Home, 52, director, North Yorkshire I nominate J J Leeming, the onelegged (lost the other in the First World War) former county surveyor of Dorset. He wrote much of the seminal volume Road Accidents - prevent or punish? No-one should be allowed to open his/her mouth on the subject of road safety until they have read and understood it first.

Andrew Fraser, 52, accident unit manager, Stirling I would suggest two eminent geothechnical engineers - Professor John Burland, lecturer at Imperial College, or Dr Brian Simpson, director of soil mechanics at Arup.

Tony Biddle, 57, manager of civil engineering, Ascot Adam Clark, the Briton who built the first permanent bridge across the River Danube.

Pippa Higgins, 26, graduate engineer, Solihull Damilola Taylor. The play should form part of a touring production taken to schools to show children the reality of how unimaginably terrible violence is. Maybe, this way, some of them can be given some of the guidance in basic values and respect for other human beings they may not be getting elsewhere.

Bruce Walton, 29, assistant contracts manager, Manchester Audrey Hepburn - a timeless beauty.

Mark Downes, 30, senior engineer, Birmingham

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