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Animal Farm

6 performances only: every weekend at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday in Mayow Park

Show dates: Sat 26 June, Sun 27 June, Sat 3 July, Sun 4 July, Sat 10 July, Sun 11 July

Buy tickets HERE

“All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”  

The second presentation by Spontaneous Productions spectacular Summer Season of Outdoor Theatre is a new adaptation of George Orwell’s masterful satire of totalitarianism.   First published in 1945, Orwell’s stunning allegory of the corruption of the perfect society tells the story of the animals of Manor Farm. Inspired by visionary pig Old Major, their dream of a new, self-managed system is quickly soured by the innate greed of those who take power – in this case, the pig Napoleon and his sycophantic sidekick Squealer. Only Snowball, the idealistic pig who led the Rebellion, appears to cling to Old Major’s dream, but his rivals have other ideas…   Told with the clarity of a fairytale but exploring dark themes and through comic exaggeration, this production is faithful to the original book – with a few twists of course! Expect powerful physical theatre performances, stylised designs and costumes, original music by Paul Tornbohm and occasional audience participation, this highly imaginative show will take you on a journey into the dark heart of man – and pig!  

Please note that due to its themes this production is not suitable for young children. Those aged 11+ are very welcome, though parental guidance is advised.  

Spontaneous Productions summer shows are always very popular so we advise early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tickets may be purchased in advance online (link above) or at Kirkdale Bookshop in person. Any remaining seats will be available on the door from 30 mins before show start time.

Sydenham Film Club

May Meet Up – New Encounters

Next Group Meet-up
7pm Thursday 27th May

Our new Talking Films programme brings you films, series, documentaries and more to enjoy from your own home, followed by a group discussion about the playlist each month. Everyone’s welcome, so put the date below in your calendar, and sign up to the group to join in!

See more details HERE

As we all start to get out and about a bit more with the easing of lockdown, our May playlist follows suit, focussing on ‘New Encounters’. As always, we’ve provided a mixture of series, documentaries and films to get stuck into. We’ve also added a new ‘Special Mention’ category, this month remembering Helen McCrory.



Gingerbread Man

Saturday 29th May-Sunday 6th June

Watch Spontaneous Productions’ exciting new show on the Bowling Green in Mayow Park for just £5 per person (under 3s free)

Adapted from the classic fairy tale by Jonathan Kaufman with original songs and music by Paul Tornbohm.

There will be  TWO SHOWS DAILY  at 2pm & 3pm, with performances lasting approx 40 mins. (*no performance Wed 2 June).

Featuring the same cast as their delayed Beatrix Potter show, and packed with all the Spontaneous elements we know you love,

Advance booking is very strongly recommended. Spontaneous are unable to take cash payment at the entrance to the bowling green(cards only). Buy your tickets in person at the Kirkdale Bookshop 272 Kirkdale SE26 4RS (Monday to Saturday 9.30am-5pm) or visit HERE

Please arrive early so that everyone can be seated safely and with minimal disruption.

Eusebius Quartet live concert

3pm and 6pm Sunday 23rd May

After a long year of being locked down, string quartet, Eusebius Quartet is putting on
a mini-series at St Stephen’s Church, Sydenham Hill, comprising two concerts at 3pm
and 6pm which will include the complete Schumann string quartets, alongside a work by Huw Watkins for Tenor and String Quartet. 

Many thanks to Cavatina Chamber Music Trust who have agreed to sponsor these concerts, providing FREE entry tickets for anyone under 26.  

As per the government Covid-19 guidance, these concerts will operate at a half capacity audience to ensure everyone’s safety. Tickets can be reserved online here: 

Join the Sydenham Society

Membership as little at £5 per year

Sydenham Society News Out Now!

The latest 20-page edition of the quarterly Newsletter is out now.

And it’s packed with must-read local articles and news!

If you are not a member, join the Sydenham Society now and get it delivered to your door for as little as £5 per year.

Visit HERE to make a payment or to set up a standing order. You can use PayPal, a standing order from your bank or send us a cheque by post.  

If you need help in joining, contact our membership secretary Richard Cory at or phone 020 8778 5007

Sydenham Ward Councillor Hustings

Five candidates stand for spare councillor position

Online hustings for Sydenham ward

7pm Thursday 22nd April

To join the meeting:

1. Launch Zoom (do this a few minutes before before 7pm please)

2. Select Join (top right)

3. In the meeting ID area enter the numbers 747 173 3055 and put in your link name. This must be your own real name not a false name or pseudonym.

4. Click “Join”. You will be in Steve Myle’s personal waiting room. Please wait to be allowed into the meeting

Helena Croft (The Conservative Party)
Manifesto HERE


Jack Lavery (Labour & Cooperative Party)
Manifesto HERE

Nick Lee (The Green Party)
Manifesto HERE

Mike Wayne (Lewisham People Before Profit)
Manifesto HERE

Margot Wilson (Liberal Democrats)
Manifesto HERE

The hustings will take the form of a short, spoken introduction by each candidate followed by questions from “the floor”. We expect the whole event to last not much longer than an hour and a half.

This is a hustings for all local people —  not just Sydenham Society members.

Voters in Sydenham Ward have four votes in the election to be held on the 6th May one for the London Mayor, one for their London Assembly member (plus a vote on the London Assembly list under the PR voting system) and one for a local councillor.

Full local council elections will be held next year. 

 If you want to submit a question in advance please send it to

Join the Sydenham Society!

It’s great value for around £5 or £6 per year. Less than the cost of a couple of cups of coffee in a local cafe. And you’ll receive a printed Newsletter delivered to your door (normally four times per year, COVID permitting).

Visit HERE to make a payment or to set up a standing order. You can use PayPal, a standing order from your bank or send us a cheque by post.

The new printed Newsletter is out now!

Sydenham Society membership

Time to renew if you’re not on a standing order

If your Sydenham Society membership isn’t up to date, now is the time to renew. Or if you’re subscribing to this eNewsletter, why not join us and help us to continue the good work!

Visit HERE to make a payment or to set up a standing order. You can use PayPal, a standing order from your bank or send us a cheque by post.

It’s great value for around £5 or £6 per year. Less than the cost of a couple of cups of coffee in a local cafe.

We intend that our next printed Newsletter will appear towards the end of April. If you need help, contact our membership secretary Richard Cory at

Election Day 6th May

Get yourself a postal vote now

Above: The Crystal Building, Royal Docks, new headquarters of the GLA when they leave County Hall in 2022

6 May is election day

* London Mayoral Elections

* Election of London Assembly member for Greenwich & Lewisham

* Election of one new Sydenham councillor and one new Bellingham Councillor

How to apply for a postal vote or a proxy  HERE