People's Company presents

Bermondsey Revolution

By John Whelan
26 - 28 Jan 2023

Ticket Prices:
£12.50 | £10 Concession

Bermondsey Revolution Artwork. Image features a black and white image of Ada Salter with silver birch trees in the background.

Alfred met Ada, and together they started a revolution…

The wonderful partnership between these two creative minds, dedicated to public health, social housing and the environment, started a revolution, transforming a deprived inner-city slum into a healthy, green oasis. 

This futuristic look at the history of Bermondsey heroes Ada and Alfred Salter will transport you over a century into the future, shedding light on Bermondsey’s past and present through an immersive Brechtian experience.   

The challenges Alfred and Ada faced more than a century ago are as pressing and crucial to us now, as we look to the future. Are you ready for the revolution? 

Bermondsey Revolution is an original play devised by People’s Company, a community theatre group based at Southwark Playhouse. Written by company director John Whelan it is one of the first shows opening at Southwark Playhouse’s new home on Dante Place.

Join us after the Saturday performance of Bermondsey Revolution for a discussion on how we devised the play working with Graham Taylor, author of Ada Salter Pioneer of Ethical Socialism. Come and discuss the project with the actors and partners including Lynn Morris who incorporated their performances from the wider Salter Centenary into our performance.

Discover why it was so important to have the theme of climate change as a key ingredient within our production and find out how we created the Brechtian feel to the performance.


Theatre: Main Space

Thu – Sat: 7.45pm

Running Time: 75 minutes.

The interval will last approximately 20 minutes.

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

Projected images will be used. (No flashing images or strobe lighting will be used.)

Group Booking

Southwark Playhouse has a group booking rate of one free ticket in every 10 booked at the same time, and this discount may be combined with applicable concessions (i.e. student rate) where available. These can be booked by contacting the box office either by phoning us at 020 7407 0234, or filling in the below form.

Tickets may be reserved for two weeks without payment, and we can send an invoice which can be settled via a card payment, bank transfer, or cheque.

Once an enquiry form has been submitted the box office team will be in touch to confirm and invoice within 1-2 working days. If you have any questions please contact

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How to find us

Southwark Playhouse Elephant
1 Dante Place
London SE11 4RX

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Tuesday 1pm to 11pm
Wednesday 5.30pm to 11pm
Thursday 5.30pm to 11pm
Friday 5.30pm to 11pm
Saturday 1pm to 11pm
Sundays 5pm to 11pm if we have a show on.


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