Presented By A Dante or Die production

A Ballad of Thamesmead

6 & 7 September 2024 | 8.30pm | Thamesmead Clocktower, 26 Meadowford Cl, London SE28 8GG

Duration: 45 minutes

1986. The beautifully restored Nelson’s Clock is hauled onto a barge in Deptford and sailed down the Thames – a gift to an exciting new town centre at the vibrant focal point of Thamesmead.

2024. A baby coot nestles in her canal nest in the shadow of the clocktower. Three kids scuttle up and down the steps playing families.

And a woman sits looking up at the hands tick-tick-ticking away, pondering the ebbs and flows of home.

Created by award-winning site-specific theatre company Dante or Die, A Ballad of Thamesmead gently peeks into how the world around us impacts how we feel about our home. Live folk songs by Abbey Wood native Marie Bashiru alongside Thamesmead Community Choir interweave with a soaring sound design that includes local peoples’ voices, culminating in the clocktower illuminated like never before. 

A Ballad of Thamesmead is supported by Peabody, The Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Festivals and Arts Council England.  

Creative Team

A Ballad of Thamesmead

A Dante or Die Production

Creative Director: Terry O’Donovan

Directed by Arti Prashar

Original Music by Marie Bashiru

Set & Costume Design by Stewart J. Charlesworth

Lighting Design by Jo Palmer

Creative Facilitation by Nicole Acquah, Charlie Hendren & Fiona Watson

Stage Management by Stella Kalides & Ellen Swailes

More information

Promotional photography will take place at this event.

If you do not wish to be featured in our content, please ask one of our volunteers (easily noticeable, in their pink t-shirts) for a no photography sticker.

Site Access

Free. Just Show Up.  

Assistance Dogs Welcome.  

Level Access  

Level access on hard standing.  

Access Viewing Areas  

An access viewing area for disabled audience members will be marked with a sign or flag at each event. Space for wheelchair users, companions and seating with and without arms will be available.   

Accessible Toilets 

Morrisons nearby has accessible toilets. Ask customer services for a radar key. 

Blue badge parking  

Morrisons Car Park 

Drop-off point 

Morrisons Car Park outside Iceland  


For Access questions, contact [email protected] // 07899 893 935  

Show Access

BSL Interpreted and Live Audio Described and Captioned Fri 6th Sept 8.30pm (Touch Tour 8pm) 

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