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The story of Ladywell Naiad

Earlier this month, the Story of the Ladywell Naiad was told over two nights, once in Manor Park and once in Ladywell Fields.  Story teller Richard Neville delighted crowds with humorous tales while London Bubble Theatre  provided music and fun activities.

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The Story of the Ladywell Naiad and other tales

Join London Bubble for some river tales

Join London Bubble for some river tales

As part of this years 3RiversCleanUp London Bubble will be telling stories in the river.  Hear about the Ladywell Naiad and other tales based on the species and creatures of Lewisham.  Why not take part by taking a ‘species selfie’ using the #riversandpeople and #whatlivesinlewisham and post them on Twitter or Instgram.

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Invitation to Rivers and People – The legacy installation

Lady of the River

The Naiad

On a still-warm September Sunday evening, something magical happened in Ladywell Fields along the banks of the River Ravensbourne.

 London Bubble Theatre Company, working in partnership with Lewisham Council, told the story of Ladywell Fields, the River and its spirit, the Naiad. Local artists and residents created film, photographs and beautiful flora and fauna from recycled bottles. They played the parts of river maidens, fishermen, skating water snakes and even the Naiad herself. There was synchronised dog walking, storytelling, poetry and prose whispered from the trees – illuminated people sang and danced and were scared by a Troll. Over 450 people walked the length of the darkening river and saw the spectacle. It was incredible.


They liked being involved so much that they wanted to share part of the experience with more people. So for a few weeks in March, an installation made up of beautiful sculpture, illuminated photographs and a whispered, haunting soundscape from the original Rivers and People celebration and created by talented local artists, Ian Simons, Jay Harris and Lesley Flower will be available to visit free in three local libraries.

Saturday 2nd March Torridon Road Library

Torridon Road


Wednesday 6th – Saturday 9th March Manor House Library

34, Old Road

SE13 5SY

Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th March Deptford Lounge

9, Giffin Street


For more information, please contact Vic Boyd or Cathy Myers

To find out more about the Rivers and People project visit


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London Bubble & Rivers and People

On 16th September the London Bubble Theatre Company and Rivers & People held and evening with artists, singers and storytellers.  They presented an eclectic array of performances to celebrate the regeneration of Ladywell Fields.  Inspired by the flora, fauna and river life which inhabits the park, and performed by local artists (and dogs) who enjoy the facilities and picnic spots along the river.

Below is a short video of a twilight journey taken by five audiences through a park animated by local artists and volunteers. For the full length version please click here.