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)


The show is aimed at adults, but we welcome children and dogs at all performances.


Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes straight through


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.

For the above please contact us at [email protected]

More access information about the show is available here:



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

Community Chorus Members:

Ray Bishop

Tatiana Biyiha



Sherine Gordon

Dave Johnson

Susie New

Wendy Neville

Mark Newman

Louise Polhill



Elly Wade

Jackie Withnail 

Anthea Wormington


For further reading and ways to get involved see here.


Common is funded by:

Booking for this event has now closed.