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Celebrity Ambassadors show support to Link Age Southwark to lift spirits during lockdown

Local charity Link Age Southwark’s ambassadors includes a host of actors who have come together to help lift the spirits of older people during lockdown. Stars from television shows such as Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones, Spooks, and Scott and Bailey, have recorded themselves at home reading a short story or a poem, which Link Age Southwark has turned into Lockdown Listens. Link Age Southwark has been issuing a recording each week with the aim of giving older people and local volunteers a morale boost during lockdown. One of the actors  featured is Heather Bleasdale, who has starred in Coronation Street and in the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, reading the humorous short story Free White Towel. The novelist and comedian Jenny Eclair recorded herself reading one of her short stories ‘Valerie Lashes Out’. As part of the recording, Jenny offers a message of hope, saying: “Look after yourselves. Let’s hope that very soon we’ll be over all this and we can get out and we can enjoy our friends in the …

The Last Word – Ursula Mohan

Ursula Mohan started her career at 15 and has been a working actress ever since. She is delighted to be performing FLO in FLORENCE SMITH – NOW AND THEN in the gardens of Bell House. How long have you lived in the area? We moved to Dulwich in 1987. What do you most value about the area you live in? Our tree lined road and good transport links. If I am in a play it is bonus to feel safe walking home from the bus or train. We are lucky to have friendly and supportive neighbours and to be near the lovely Dulwich Park. There is also a glorious silver birch tree outside our front door. What has changed most during that time? When we first moved here Lordship Lane was a down to earth place with inexpensive property, a police station, and simple high street shops. Now it’s got coffee shops, restaurants, bars, clothes and gift shops as well as a wonderful cinema. Unrecognizable! The most famous person you’ve seen or met? When I was …

Florence “Flo” Smith-Now & Then

Florence ‘Flo’ Smith Now & Then – Bell House, Dulwich – Saturday 19 Sept 2020 @ 3pm Produced by Kick In The Head Written & Directed by Christopher Saul With Ursula Mohan as Flo Smith After the huge successes of Old Herbaceous, Three Men in a Boat and Choice Grenfell, South East based theatre company, Kick In The Head Productions, are bringing the highly acclaimed play, Florence ‘Flo’ Smith Now & Then to Bell House in Dulwich. The show is based on the book of the same name written by Christopher Saul and taken from the real-life audio recordings he made of his paternal grandmother, Flo Smith, when he was a drama student working on his dissertation. He sat in her cosy living room in North London, drinking copious amounts of tea and listening avidly while spool after spool of his tape recorder was filled with her recollections. From the Boer War to The Summer of Love, Flo Smith, daughter, sister, wife, mother, widow and grandmother recalls with horror, humour, tears and joy those turbulent …