by Simon Startin
Mayflower Street runs between Jamaica Road and the Thames in Bermondsey, South London. In 1939, 34 houses and 121 residents occupied the street. Between 1940 and 1941 bombs fell on 7 of these houses and at the end of war, the street – with its corner shop, was demolished.
Using personal testimony, physical theatre and the combined skills of a cast of contemporary Londoners the project aims to share some of the experiences and events that made our city into the place we know today.
About the author
Simon Startin has worked as a professional theatre maker since 1991, initially as an actor, but branched into writing through the Paines Plough ‘Wild Lunch’ Scheme in 2003. Blackbirds is Simon’s seventh work for London Bubble Theatre Company and five of his previous works for them were awarded Time Out Critics’ Choice. Currently, he is on a trainee director placement at the Young Vic Theatre.