To mark St George’s Day and the birthday of William Shakespeare – both on April 23rd – Tate South Lambeth Library, backed by local businesses, organisations and volunteers, is putting on an English Heritage Festival, over the period April 22nd to April 29th.
The presentations, workshops and activities are all free of charge.Here’s the programme.
Saturday April 22nd
Activities in Wilcox Close
Displays in the arena (to be temporarily roped off) include demonstrations of skill at arms in a tournament, the training and arming of knights and –weather permitting – medieval dancing
11.30am -12 am Punch and Judy puppet show
11am-4pm Games – Medieval stocks , Skittle alley and Throw the hoops
2.00-2.30pm Morris dancing
2.40-3.05pm Punch and Judy puppet show
Performances, competitions and games inside the library
11am-11.20am In-Harmony Ensemble
12 -12.30 Kennington Community Choir
12.30-1.30pm Passamezzo (Shakespeare’s music)
2-2.15pm Guess the name of the dragon
2.15-2.35pm Medieval fancy dress competition
2.40-3pm Shakespeare Readings
3.05-3.25pm Limerick competition announcement
Guess the weight of a cake
3.30-4pm A capella performance
Exhibitions inside the library
Four displays are planned – on St George (the English, Portuguese and Polish versions) and on Shakespeare
Activities in the neighbourhood
Sunday April 23rd
A Vauxhall riverside guided history walk, led by lcal historian, publisher and activist, Sean Creighton (organised by the Vauxhall Society in cooperation with Friends of TSL) – 10.30 am sharp at the library.
This walk will centre on the St George Wharf/ MI6 stretch of the Vauxhall riverside and cover local history, past and present, in particular the question of local identity.
Monday April 24th
Classes from two local primary schools will be attending a presentation – with participation – on three famous Shakespeare plays (Romeo and Juliet, Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
Saturday April 29th
Tea and a tour of Brunswick House – 11am