Time To Be Late

Robin Linde Productions. Commissioned by Southwark Council as part of Blackfriars Stories.

Unexpected happenings during your daily commute.

LOCATION Various points along Blackfriars Road SE1, including buses and pavements
DATES Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May
TIMES 8.30 - 9.30am,  12.30 - 1.30pm,  5.30 - 6.30pm

Injecting your journey with energy and humour, this quirky theatrical experience celebrates the history and character of Blackfriars Road and Southwark. The streets will come alive through a series of unexpected sights, featuring actors, artists and musicians.

Look out for a roaming robot inspired by the father of computing Charles Babbage, iconic Hollywood star Charlie Chaplin bringing comedy to the streets, and 80s dancers cheering you onyour cycle.

Did you know?

Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage (1791 - 1871), the mathematical genius and pioneer of computing, lived in Southwark as a child. There is a blue badge marking the place on the side of the Walworth Clinic on Larcom Street, SE17.  The father of the Difference Engine, a machine which could perform mathematical calculations, he employed engineer and draftsman Joseph Clement to design and develop the Engine. Clement owned own workshop at 21 Prospect Place, Newington, Southwark.

The two developed the Difference Engine, but Babbage also worked on another invention, the more complex Analytical Engine - a revolutionary device on which his fame as a computer pioneer now largely rests. Neither the Analytical Engine, nor Difference Engine 2, were finished in Babbage's lifetime. 

Did you know?

Charlie Chaplin  

Chaplin’s impoverished childhood was spent on the streets of Southwark. Even once he found fame in Hollywood, he remained linked to the area, donating funds towards the Borough Market Sports Day and providing prizes. 


Look out for…

Silent Disco

Given Southwark was home to silent film star Charlie Chaplin, and robots are roaming the streets in tribute to Charles Babbage, why shouldn’t there be a silent disco? Cut some shapes and get your groove on outside the TfL building opposite Southwark station. 

Look out for…

Cheering fans

Using the Cycle Super Highway? Late for work? Supporting fans will be on hand, cheering you along the way.

Cycle Super Highways are cycle routes running from outer London into and across central London. They give safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city. The Southwark Spine cycle route is an important new addition to the cycle network in Southwark. 

Visitor comments:

I had such a big smile on my way to work after being cheered this morning on my cycle ride in! Thanks @MergeFestival #timetobelate
Great to see @MergeFestival brightening the day on my first rainy walk to work
Fantastic to be greeted by @MergeFestival artists this morning on leaving Southwark @jubileeline station - I'm still smiling!