For 400 years the site of Sydenham Common was fought over.

There were pitched battles, acts of sabotage, drinking water spiked with alcohol and month long festivals, in an attempt to keep this vast green space for the people.

Today there are green areas in Sydenham and Forest Hill that only exist because of those who battled - and continue to battle - to keep them.

Teatro Vivo want to take you on a theatrical journey around the whole area celebrating the things that we love enough to fight for.

Inspired by The Forest Hill Society and written by Bernadette Russell

Common will take to the streets and green spaces of South East London from the 7th - 12th May 2024

Tickets are available via the Albany's website:

Tickets: £20 (£12.50 concessions)

Accessible performance

Wed 8 May

On Wednesday 8 May cars will be available to take those with mobility issues between the sites of the performance.

All performances can be audio described.

For either of the above please contact us at [email protected]

Community Chorus

As part of the performance we'll be working with a community chorus group. If you'd like to get involved then please have a look at the dates on our get involved page. No previous experience necessary.

Writer: Bernadette Russell

Directors: Mark Stevenson and Kas Darley

Designer: Alice Neale

Performers: Kas Darley, Nadia Nadif, Endy Mckay, Mark Stevenson and Michael Wagg

Production Manager: Bid Mosaku

Stage Manager: Esme Cooper

Community Chorus Facilitators: Kat Gill and Justin Allder

Common is funded by: