Local theatre company London Bubble run weekly drama classes for all ages and abilities.

Its theatre groups are friendly, fun and creative, and include games and exercises which will help to develop confidence and a range of performance skills.

The new term starts week commencing 12 January

Classes for 6-8yrs / 9-11yrs / Youth Theatre for ages 12+

All classes held at 5 Elephant Lane, Rotherhithe, SE16 4JD

To find out more or book for a taster class contact Lucy
[email protected] 020 7237 4434


 three4all theatre will present a reading of Alison Mead’s new play ‘Politic Man’ in Chatham on Monday 24 November.

Set in run down Bermondsey during two world wars, ‘Politic Man’ is the true story of Alfred Salter and his wife Ada, who between them, stood for local, mayoral and parliamentary elections throughout their lives while living and working in one of the most impoverished areas of London: Bermondsey.

Full details here.

Simon Hughes MP with members of Bermondsey Voices

A Bermondsey community choir has received £15,000 in funding from the City of London Corporation to take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 8 November.

Bermondsey Voices, who rehearse at St James’s Church on Thurland Road, will enter a ‘History of Bermondsey’ float in the show – focussing on the sights and songs of “Biscuit Town” down the years. On the day, members of the choir will dress up in period costume and sing their hearts out.

The choir will make parts of Bermondsey history come alive with songs composed by local musician Mike Mansbridge for The Lord Mayor’s Show.

Bermondsey Voices member Abenaa Baffoe said: “This choir is a team and there has been a marked increase in the self-esteem and confidence of our members since we started.  Singing makes us feel uplifted and positive, and as a group we want to take the next step and improve on these benefits. We have come a long way and though it will be a challenge performing at such a large event – it will be a huge step forward for us and it will help us attract more members.”

Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, said: “I am delighted that one of our local community choirs, Bermondsey Voices, has been chosen to perform in the prestigious Lord Mayor’s Show this November. They will have the chance to tell the story of Bermondsey to a televised audience of millions across London and the UK. I will look forward to hearing some of the specially composed Bermondsey songs that the choir tell me are ready for the occasion!”

Lord Mayor’s Show Pageantmaster Dominic Reid, who has run Lord Mayor’s Show for 23 years, said: “I’m really pleased to have Bermondsey Voices in this year’s Show. They have some exciting ideas and I’m looking forward to seeing their float on the big day.”

Bermondsey Voices started in May 2012 to promote singing in the community. The choir meet on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm.

The majority of the choir members are British but it also has members from Sweden, Belgium, Australia and Ghana.  Since 2012 the choir has yearly Summer and Christmas concerts at St James Church, has just performed at the Bermondsey Street Festival for the third year in a row, has taken part in Festival of Neighbourhood at Southbank Centre, performed in the play The Events at Young Vic and are in the planning stages of hosting Bermondsey Choir Festival which will take place in 2015.

A while ago we covered London Bubble’s new intergenerational project for 2014-15 – Hopelessly De-Voted – which explores engagement and disengagement with the political system.

There are a number of ways local residents can get involved:

Join the group of researchers and interviewers
Help to interview those people who are part of the political system – the politicians, the voters, the stylists, the media spinners.

Join London Bubble’s intergenerational drama group
Meets Thursdays, 6.30-8.30pm
A group of all ages to research and explore this topic. The testimony and information gathered during the interviews will be developed during Bubble’s weekly workshops and will form the basis of a script. This will be performed by an intergeneration community cast in March and April 2015 – the run up to the election in May.

Help transcribe an interview
If you would like to help transcribe the interviews, London Bubble would like to hear from you.

For more details on all of the above, contact Shipra Ogra at London Bubble [email protected]  or 020 2737 4434

Do you believe in our democratic system? Or do you share Russell Brand’s view? Either way,  London Bubble wants to hear from you.

In 1950, 84 per cent of the UK population voted in the general election. In 2010 only 65 per cent bothered. At the last election less than 30 per cent of 18-25s exercised their right to vote.

We pride ourselves on ‘our democratic system’ but do we believe in it. Or is the system just too big to change?

London Bubble Theatre Company is looking for volunteers to help it take a snapshot of people’s feelings about the electoral system.

Between now and the next election the company will be recording conversations between people on different sides of the debate and creating a play to be performed by a community cast.

The project is called Hopelessly De-Voted and young people from Southwark and Lewisham have already set about interviewing a range of people. 18-22 year olds have interviewed Baroness Jones of the Green Party; Ipsos MORI pollster Ben Page; and new Grange ward councillor Damian O’Brien who won his Southwark Council seat by just six votes.

Now young Bubble members are widening their search and are interested in interviewing members of the general public who either strongly believe in the system, or who steadfastly refuse to vote.

They are interested in talking to a range of ages so if you have something to say, please get in touch. (Or perhaps you come from Belgium or Australia where voting is compulsory, or from Estonia where not only can you vote by phone, but you can change that vote at any time leading up to Election Day!)

The research stage of the project is being supported by the Arts Council of England and Bubble will be working with campaigning group Bite the Ballot, to turn the words of voters, politicians, cynics and sceptics into a script reflecting Londoners love-hate relationship with our political system.

If all goes to plan the piece will be performed by a inter-generational community cast in the Spring 2015, during the run up to the election in May. And who knows, it might even increase the turn out.

Those interested in contributing to Hopelessly De-Voted should contact Claire Sexton at London Bubble on 020 7237 4434, [email protected]

London Bubble, our local theatre company, runs a range of drama groups and classes for adults and children.

Their autumn term starts on 15 September and booking is now open.

Read on for further details as supplied by London Bubble themselves…


Wednesdays, 7-9pm
5 Elephant Lane, SE16 4JD

New term starts Wednesday 17th September

Come and play?  Our classes are suitable for people with no experience of theatre making and for old hands alike.  Sometimes we work with scripts; sometimes we create work from our imaginations.  The classes are designed to help you develop your confidence and a range of performance skills.
Why not come for a taster class to give it a try?

For more information and class fees please visit www.londonbubble.org.uk
Call 020 7237 4434 or email [email protected]


every Wednesday at London Bubble

restarts after a summer break on 17th September
Free and fun

Tea, cake and a chat followed by a gentle workshop to make friends, tell stories and share laughter.
Open to everyone aged 18 and over. We hope you can join us.

To find out more about the group please get in touch.
Call 020 7237 4434 or email [email protected]


Mondays, 6.30-8.30pm
5 Elephant Lane, SE16 4JD

New term starts Monday 15th September

Suitable for anyone aged 12 and over who would like to develop their performance skills and confidence.

For more information and class fees please visit www.londonbubble.org.uk
Call 020 7237 4434 or email [email protected]


Thursdays, 6.30-8.30pm
5 Elephant Lane, SE16 4JD

Starts 18th September

Help us research and develop ideas for our next intergenerational production. All ages welcome but children under 12 need to be accompanied by an older member of their family.

For more information and class fees please visit www.londonbubble.org.uk
Call 020 7237 4434 or email [email protected]



New term starts w/c 15th September

London Bubble runs a weekly theatre making groups and we’d love you to join us. No previous experience necessary, just come with enthusiasm!

Our theatre groups are friendly, fun and creative, and include games and exercises which will help to develop confidence and a range of performance skills.

Find out more at www.londonbubble.org.uk

Youth Theatre: Mondays 6.30 – 8.30pm Starts 15th September

6-8 year olds: Tuesdays 5-6.30pm Starts 16th September
Saturdays 10-11.30am Starts 20th September

9-11 years: Tuesdays 6.30-8pm Starts 16th September

Wednesdays 7-9pm Starts 17th September


Venue: London Bubble, 5 Elephant Lane, London SE16 4JD
By train: Rotherhithe
By tube: Bermondsey, Canada Water
By bus: 47, 188, 381, C10, P12

Class Fees:
Under 18s: £66 (£33 concessions) per term plus £15 (£10) annual registration fee
Adults: £88 (£44 concessions) per term plus £15 (£10) annual registration fee

Discounts available for Members of Bubble (MOB).
Find out more about membership by calling 020 7237 4434.


To find out more or register for a class:
call: 020 7237 4434
email: [email protected]
Sign up online: www.londonbubble.org.uk


Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle, Southwark’s cabinet member for adult care, arts and culture said: “I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone who organised, got involved and attended Bermondsey Carnival on Saturday in Southwark Park.

“It is always a highlight of our events calendar and despite some typical British summertime weather 7,000 of you turned out to enjoy the fantastic line-up of music, dance, food and funfair – it was amazing to see so many of you getting into the spirit of the day!”



Rotherhithe based London Bubble Theatre has secured funding from United St Saviour’s Charity to run a free theatre group for older Southwark residents. Tea Break Theatre will run on Wednesdays from 4.30pm – 6.30pm and will gently introduce participants to the pleasures of sharing and creating stories alongside tea and cake.

The new group, formed as part of Bubble’s continuing focus on involving people of all ages in theatre making, will be led by a specialist artist, Julia Voce. Julia has been working with residents in Frank Whymark House and Ronald Buckingham Court, facilitating conversations and leading interactive workshops.

Tea Break Theatre will explore the effect gentle, creative workshops have on personal resilience and health.

For more information visit www.londonbubble.org.uk or call 020 7237 4434 to speak to Julia / Claire.

Southwark based Arts Odyssey has secured Arts Council England funding to work in partnership with Canada Water Culture Space to deliver its cross arts and intergenerational participation and performance project In Curious Company.

What makes us curious? Curiosity, a human quality which pushes us to inquire, explore and learn inspires this project. Arts Odyssey will be exploring the curiosities of their local Southwark community through contemporary and creative dance, storytelling and creative writing.

Initially, Arts Odyssey will offer free taster workshops for families, disabled and non-disabled youth and adults.

Participants will learn new creative and technical dance, writing and storytelling skills whilst having fun and meeting new people.

Arts Odyssey will then work regularly with a group of youth and a group of adults, building towards an evening of performance, sharing and entertainment at Canada Water Culture Space.

Participants will work with professionals and be given the opportunity to create their own movement with others in friendly and enjoyable weekly sessions.

The newly formed youth dance company and Odyssey Community Adult Dance Company will start rehearsing in April ready to entertain an audience of 150 people at Canada Water Culture Space in June. Using Canada Water Library as a resource they will creatively explore what interests them, what they find peculiar, funny or bizarre.

Louisa Pestell, artistic director of Arts Odyssey, said: “Arts Odyssey prides itself on offering high quality dance opportunities accessible to all. In Curious Company is particularly exciting for us because working in partnership with Canada Water Culture Space and creative writer and storyteller, Sandra Agard, enables us to provide access to fun and free cross-arts participation opportunities for a wider range of people regardless of their age or previous experience.”