The Unlucky Punch
True story of a man who took a life and saved a life brought into the modern day by our Children’s and Youth theatre. The story was brought to us by the Pearly Queen of Bermondsey stating “everyone knew Pedlar Palmer, the boxer that killed someone on a train, but no one knows he saved my life in Hoxton in the 1930’s”. Using this pearly story we have explored issues around at this time that are still present today, such as the media, celebrity status, fame and how one persons life can be transformed and tarnished forever.
Up the Chimney, Down the Hall
The story of Collins Music Hall at Islington Green and the tale of its creator Samuel Collins - 'Vagg'.
During the day Samuel Collins spent his time sweeping chimneys and was known to locals as ‘Vagg’. But at night he would tour public houses and eventually gained a licence to turn the Lawnsdown Arms into what became known as Collins Music Hall.