Blackbirds is the play that emerged from the London Bubble Theatre's research and interviews of South Londoners who lived through the Blitz between 1940 and 1941. Using personal testimony, physical theatre and the combined skills of a cast of contemporary Londoners ranging in age from 7 to 78, the play explores the experiences and events that made London the city that we know today. For use in schools, colleges, community groups and youth theatres.
Plays by Simon Startin
Created from dozens of personal testimonies, this is the story of the changing face of work today. Surrey Docks in South-East London was once a thriving commercial hub, hosting some of the UK's leading commercial brands, including Crosse & Blackwell, Sarson's, Peek Freans and Lipton's. These huge organisations created a myriad of jobs for local people, and the community prospered. But, with the decline of the docks in the 1970s, factories closed down or relocated, work patterns changed and redevelopment began. 'From Docks to Desktops' explores the fascinating story of how one community has survived the 21st-century challenges of urban change and renewal.
Simon Startin has worked with companies such as Graeae, Red Shift and Fittings. His first play, Revolting was funded by London Arts and was a dark satire on models of disability. Since then he has worked with London Bubble Theatre Company, writing nine pieces for them, five of which were awarded the Time Out Critics' Choice. Simon Startin is Co-creative Director of the The Big Lounge Collective; a production company that promotes the work of emerging disabled artists.