London Borough of Culture 2022 - Lewisham

As part of London Borough of Culture in Lewisham 2022, Teatro Vivo were commissioned as 'Artists of Change'.

For 6 months we were embedded with the Climate resilience team at Lewisham Council - learning about the work they do and exploring the way they make change happen.

Our Lewisham Usherettes headed out onto the the streets of Lewisham to talk with the public about what we'd found out, and gather the thoughts and opinions of Lewisham residents about how we can use climate adaptation to make the borough the best it can possibly be.

We ran workshops with 19 community groups (one for each ward in the borough) to explore all these ideas.

All this work inspired a 20 minute show called 'Lewisham Speaks' that was performed on the streets of every ward in Lewisham between 21st June and 3rd July 2022 in 22 locations.

Even though the show has finished  you can perform it yourself, or with a group of friends, at your work place, or at your school. Find out how.

The show included community performers from across the borough working alongside professional actors.


Directed and Produced by: Kas Darley & Mark Stevenson

Performed by: Jess Barker-Wren & Leann O'Kasi

Stage Manager: Jessica Fulton

Engagement Manager: Kelsey Yuhara


Senior Producer for Lewisham Borough of Culture: Rachel Harris

Programme Co-ordinator for Lewisham Council: Ivie Bartlett

Producer for Counterpoints Arts: Dijana Rakovic

With thanks to: Martin O’Brien and the Climate Resilience team


Community Chorus Performers:

Raymond Bishop

Tatiana Biyiha

Kam-Mei Chak

Steve Cox

Murat Demircan

Sherine Gordon

Roz Hardie

Aleks Ivackovic

Wendy Neville

Susie New

Mark Newman

Julie Ogonya

Alex Owen

Sheila Warr

Jackie Withnall

Anthea Wormington

Mutete Yongo Lea


Borough of Culture Creative Assistants :

Serge Dihoulou

Kieran Jackson

Mikhayla Mulvanerty

Joyce Osahon

Alexander Owen

Shaquille Smith



Jessica Barker Wren

Debbie Bridge

Julie Cheung-Inhin

Nichole Cook

Claire Emmott

Charles Furness

Noemi Gunea

Grace Lambert

Rebecca Peyton

Hannah Roze-Lewis

Cassie Symes

Seda Yildiz

Kelsey Yuhara


Workshop Leaders:

Justin Allder

Jo Carey

Nichole Cook

Stephen Davidson

Lisa Greenwood

Sharon Kanolik

Laura Mcfall

Stewart Melton

Mark Stevenson


Community Groups involved include:

Arts Network

Bank of things/Young Advisors

Blackheath Creatives Pop-up

Branching Out

The Diamond Club

Downham Men's Group

Ignition Brewery/Lewisham Mencap

Forest Hill Society/Albion Millenium Green

Frendsbury Gardens Volunteers

Grove Park Youth Club

Mary the Virgin in Lewisham

Peace of Cake/Goldsmiths Community Centre


Rushey Green Time Bank

St. Peter's Brockley

Stanstead Lodge

Voices In Motion

999 Club


Here are some evaluations of the project:



Artists of Change is presented in association with 

London Borough of Culture is a
Mayor of London initiative

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