Thanks to funding from British Land, the arts charity Create has extended art:space, its creative arts programme for young carers, to Southwark.  Working for the first time with KIDS Siblings Project Southwark, the multi-art form project culminated last week in two performances  at Surrey Quays Shopping Centre.

During January and February, different groups of young carers have been involved: photography produced by the first group (taken at venues including Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and Surrey Docks Farm) was used as inspiration for music activities, which has in turn been used as the soundtrack for dance participants to create original choreography.  Last week’s performance  showcased the music, dance and photography to an audience of friends, family and the general public.

The Office for National Statistics estimates that nearly a quarter of a million children in England and Wales are caring for a relative, whilst 27% of young carers aged 11-15 miss school and 68% experience bullying and social isolation.  Many care for 50 plus hours a week – more than the average adult working week.  Create uses the creative arts to help young carers develop trust, social skills and supportive relationships with their peers, enhance their self-confidence and self-esteem, and most importantly have fun away from their caring responsibilities in a safe, non-threatening environment.

Create’s co-founder and chief executive, Nicky Goulder said:  “Thanks to continued funding from British Land, we are delighted to be working for the first time with youngcarers in Southwark. The project has given them an opportunity to get creative and have fun away from the responsibility of their caring duties.  It is our huge privilege to give them this opportunity.”

Ian Moore, manager of Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, said: “This is the first time Surrey Quays Shopping Centre has been involved in art:space and it’s been a joy to have the young carers visit and take photos of the centre.”

Over the last year, London Bubble Theatre Company has interviewed more than 45 people from Bermondsey, Rotherhithe and Deptford as part of their intergenerational local history project.

Supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery, From Docks to Desktops aims to explore the history of Work in our  area and explore how it’s changed since the time of Stevedores, Dockers and Peak Freans.

Bubble’s intergenerational, community cast are now working with a script, created entirely from these interviews, and are planning performances in November 2013.

“We’ve been delighted with the response to our call out for people willing to share their stories, but Bubble is still in need of more volunteers to help transcribe the interviews and take these stories back out in to the local community,” said a spokeswoman for the comapny”

Can you help? Whether it’s offering a few hours to transcribe an interview or giving time to support taking the road show out and about.

If you’d like to help, Bubble would love to hear from you.

If you would like to help Bubble and are able to give a few hours of your time please contact Claire Sexton on 020 7237 4434 or email [email protected]


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

New term starts Monday 16 September

Suitable for anyone aged 14 and over who would like to develop their performance skills and confidence.
This term the youth theatre will work towards a performance in December.


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

New term starts Wednesday 18 September

Come and play?  London Bubble’s classes are suitable for people with no experience of theatre making and for old hands alike.  Sometimes they work with scripts, sometimes they create work from our imaginations.  The classes are designed to help you develop your confidence and a range of performance skills. This term the adult group will work towards a performance in December. Why not come for a taster class to give it a try?

For more information and class fees  visit

Call 020 7237 4434 or email [email protected]



Join London Bubble for a summer of theatre making.

29th July – 2nd August
For 5-8 year olds        10.30am – 1pm
For 9-12 year olds       2pm – 4.30pm

and on Friday both groups will come together for the full day and to share their work for friends and family in the afternoon.
5 day summer school costs £30 for Members of Bubble or £40 for non members. (concession prices also available)

To find out more about London Bubble’s summer schools for children, or to book a place:
call 020 7237 4434
email [email protected]k
book online at

London Bubble runs weekly theatre groups which are friendly, fun and creative, and include games and exercises which will help to develop confidence and a range of performance skills.  No previous experience necessary, just come with enthusiasm. Find out more at

The Saturday morning session for 6 to 8 year-olds is held at 120 Lower Road. The fee is £60 (£30 concessions) per term plus £15 (£10) annual registration fee.

To find out more or register for a class call 020 7237 4434 or email [email protected]

Odyssey is a Community Adult Dance Company which launches on 7 May and will meet on Tuesday evenings at the Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey.

Weekly sessions offer participants opportunity to learn contemporary dance technique and develop creative and choreographic dance skills in a fun and supportive environment. The company will perform and collaborate with professional artists across different dance styles and art forms.

Odyssey is open to anyone over the age of 18 regardless of their gender, experience or ability in dance.
Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society began its summer series of rehearsals on Tuesday 16 April.
The society meets on 8pm-9.45pm at Time & Talents,  The Old Mortuary, St Marychurch Street. All singers welcome; no auditions.
This term’s repertoire includes a History of Bermondsey in Song and a selection from  ‘Merrie England’ by Edward German.
Find out more at


Summer term:  w/c 15 April 2013

London Bubble runs a weekly theatre making groups and we’d love you to join us!

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.
No previous experience necessary, just come with enthusiasm!

Find out more at

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

9-11 years:                          Tuesdays 6.30-8pm                         Starts 16 April

Youth Theatre:                 Mondays 6.30 – 8.30pm                 Starts 15 April

                     7-9pm                                                  Starts 17 April

Venue:                 London Bubble, 120 Lower Road, London SE16 2UB

Class Fees:
Youth Groups:   £60 (£30 concessions) per term plus £15 (£10) annual registration fee
Adult Groups:    £80 (£40 concessions) per term plus £15 (£10) annual registration fee


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