Ada Salter Red Flag Over Bermondsey

12th February 2016 @ 20:00 – 21:05
Sands Films Studios
82 St Marychurch St
London SE16 4HZ
Free with donation
Sands Films Cinema

The Ada Salter Story


Ada Salter with Journeymen Theatre

Written and Performed by Lynn Morris. Directed by Dave Morris

Where to start with Ada Salter?

She was a true radical, campaigner for equal rights, socialist, republican, pacifist, environmentalist, trade union activist and a leading light in the transformation of the Bermondsey slums in the early part of the twentieth century.

Born into Methodism, she became a Quaker in 1915. She and her GP husband, Alfred Salter dedicated their lives to the people of Bermondsey , living and working right in the heart of their community-and having to accept the tragic consequences of their choice. Ada broke through the glass ceiling of her time, becoming both the first woman councillor in London and then the first woman mayor.

The Performance

Red Flag over Bermondsey explores both the private and the public lives of Ada from 1909 until 1922, interwoven with her beloved Ira Sankey hymns and her passion for Handel. The performance lasts 65 minutes without interval.

No admission charge but booking required and a donation is expected, all profits and donations from Red Flag over Bermondsey will be used to support our work with the Women’s Co-operative of Seir, West Bank, Palestine (this is a Quaker project)

The Production company

Journeymen Theatre company

Lynn and Dave Morris are Journeymen Theatre

Lynn trained in educational drama and theatre-in-educational many moons ago and has worked in this field all of her professional life. Beginning her journey in South Yorkshire comprehensives, she then moved to the West Midlands. As Head of Performing Arts at a large Black Country FE college, she, together with Dave, helped grow a now thriving and well-established performing arts department.

Now freelance for over a decade, Lynn has worked extensively in schools as a Peace Education worker and a trainer of teachers in drama and drama-based techniques whilst developing her professional writer/ performance career alongside.

Dave, on the other hand, has taken a more circuitous route to get here, via a brief excursion into structural engineering, and then re-training as a teacher of modern European history before finding himself fully immersed in fringe theatre. In truth, this is where his heart has always been as he was a founder member of Stourbridge’s Citizen’s Theatre in the 1960’s (a radical pro-am theatre group that never shied from the experimental). A prolific writer of poetry, plays and prose, he is also now returning to the challenge of live performance.

The journey now continues as Lynn and Dave have become Journeymen Theatre, a small-scale touring company which specialises in solo and two-hander productions. We have been touring our work professionally for a few years now but feel the time has come to give ourselves a name and a shape.

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There is wheelchair access. Performances are seated.
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