A new play about ILPers Ada and Alfred Salter will be shown over three nights at Southwark Playhouse in south London next year, providing to a fitting finale to the Salter Centenary project that has been celebrating the pair’s achievements throughout 2022.
Written by company director John Whelan, it will highlight the “wonderful partnership between these two creative minds, dedicated to public health, social housing and the environment”.
According to the theatre’s website, the play focuses on how the Salters “started a revolution, transforming a deprived inner-city slum into a healthy, green oasis”.
Described as a “futuristic look at the history of Bermondsey heroes Ada and Alfred”, it aims to “transport you over a century into the future, shedding light on Bermondsey’s past and present through an immersive Brechtian experience” while demonstrating that the challenges faced by the Salters are “as pressing and crucial to us now”.
On Saturday 28 January, there will be a post-performance discussion on the project and play with some of the actors, plus historian Graham Taylor, author of Ada Salter: Pioneer of Ethical Socialism.
Tickets cost £12.50 (£10 concession) and are available from the Southwark Playhouse website.