Anglo-German Invisible People perform in Berlin

IMG_3119Our ‘Harbour’ project 3rdthought spent have been  gearing up for ‘Invisible People’ bi-lingual performances in Berlin. Joint rehearsals were undertaken including use of skype. The final performances in August & September in Berlin  used digital technology assisted by Professor Keiron Spires at London Southbank University School  of health & Social Care.   IP Berlin performance300IP Berlin performance320

Project news from 1st Framework & 3rdthought

End of the lIne 2014

End of the lIne

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In 2016  our elders project 3rdthought  prepared for   their final transition to becoming a registered Social Enterprise/ CIC.  Their new website can be seen at We look forward to  new collaborations and  revivals of our past projects. We are delighted that 3rdthought Associates feel they now have the  skills, experience and confidence  for this final step. Thanks also to Professors Wendy Couchman and Keiron Spires at London South Bank University Health & Social Care Faculty for their invaluable recent  assistance which has enabled frail and housebound members of the group to continue to participate in activities via digital technology.

Plans for spring, summer and autumn include revivals and new work including:

‘The End of the Line’   journeys to the extent of a Freedom card, a new adaptation of  ‘Exiles’ a new adaptation of ‘Invisible People’ with Guest Artistes from Berlin, London and Italy, Brecht’s Mother Courage,  schools performances – Arabian Nights, Stories and Playground .

End of the line 2014

End of the line 2014


News: Exiles

Exiles Thursd313Exiles Thursd289A new multi layered, technically delicate project  funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund had its pilot launch at London South Bank University . Home-based performers on Skype & live performers took part in a live show devised and acted by six of the 3rdthought Associates.

The production explored house arrest, being cast-away, the ideas of exiles in Shakespeare ( As You Like It and King Lear) and divided societies (Israel /Palestine, East & West Germany…).

The performance  also included dance and song. Exiles was a collaboration involving London Southbank University Department of Health & Social Care & Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. It was  made possible by grants from the BBC, United St Saviours Charity, Aubyn Dyer Undertakers and Lord Dennis  Stevenson.



Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Peter_Workshop102Peter_Workshop102Peter_Workshop122Peter_Workshop082Peter_Workshop049In April our teams  from London and Berlin travelled to Venice to give workshops on the theme of intergenerational Access & Participation in museums and galleries .

The team worked with staff and volunteers in Venice taking inspiration  from The Fondazione Querini Stampalia ‘Bella’ collection which depicts celebrations throughout  the year in Venice. The workshops focused on current celebrations  which take place on 25 April  – Festival of Liberation from Fascism and St Marks Day.

Participants  included representatives from  Invisible People performances in Berlin. Professor Keiron Spires London South Bank University, Theater der Erfahrungen of Berlin  and 3rdthought.

The same Participants from London-Venice-Berlin  will now work together again for the Boulevard Festival in Berlin using skype to link storytellers from the three cities . We are delighted that Querini has now obtained long term funding  from the EU to develop more work  in this area.


London/Berlin Collaboration

IP Berlin DRipad png36Following a successful  presentations of work for London’s Capital Age Festival, the EU’s Art-Age symposium in Utrecht and Edinburgh International Book/Fringe Festival 3rdthought  embarked on a collaboration with UfaFabrik,  Theater der Erfahrungen (Theatre of Experience), The Golden Gorki’s ( Gorki Theater) and Die Wiesen Sehr , youth from the Homeless Peoples group Cardboard Citizens and Syrian Refugee group Syn : Format.  3rdthought will be back in Berlin as part of UFA Fabriks 40th Birthday celebrations . IP Berlin performance374

The project will include live Skype performances in German, Italian and English from housebound performers in Venice, London and Berlin.


The Annual Longest/Shortest Day Walks

The Longest day walk 2014

The Longest/Shortest  day walks are held on 21/06 and 21/21 every year. Participants include previous project partners, Trustees, volunteers, supporters,  artists and all those who  make our charitable work possible. Its an opportunity to celebrate, reflect and dream about what might be possible in future. 

Longest Day Walk . Thanks to Jane Monahagn for hosting the walkers last year and providing a delicious cooked breakfast and towels for the swimmers on arrival. Once again thanks to Artistic Director Peter Avery’s masterly planning skills we will be walking at dawn in ‘Happy Valley’ .

Making Invisible People Visible

Invisible People, performing at a childrens Book Festival

Invisible People, performing at a childrens Book Festival

With funding from United St Saviours Church Trust the elders volunteer Invisible People team worked with groups in North Southwark and Bermondsey  to create  performing  material specific to children visiting small local museums. Thanks to our collaborators from The Brunel Museum, Ronald Grant Archive and Cinema Museum  there is now a larger team of over 60’s Invisible People available to perform their short stories, poems, scenes from plays and conjuring tricks at festivals and events. The material was also shown as part of the Totally Thames Festival at Brunel Museum in September and again at The Cinema Museum in October where the Special Guest Artiste was Laurie Marsh. Laurie was born in 1930 at Lambeth Walk and went onto have a distinguished career as  film and theatre impresario, developer and philanthropist . Laurie entertained a sold out  audience with his extraordinary repertoire of conjuring tricks and life anecdotes. His book The Philanthropist’s Tale was sold in aid of The Cinema Museum and exciting news about a sustainable future for the Cinema Museum was announced on the evening.


Joanna Lumley supports LONDON 1840

We are delighted to announce Joanna Lumley as the Patron of London 1840. The model has completed its first construction phase at the end of 2016 and celebrated with an event generously hosted by Alan Baxter Associates in Farringdon. The eminent historian Dan Cruickshank gave a memorable presentation accompanied by project leader Andrew Byrne. The model moves into its second year of construction  in The Old Royal Naval College , Greenwhich, London. Groups are welcome to visit by prior appointment. The completed section of the  East End showing the exciting new discoveries about the huge  sugar factories can be seen as part of  Tower Hamlets Local History  exhibition opening in May. SJP0045