Time To Be Late 2016

Photography by www.tommophoto.com
Energy and humour into the publics’ commute.

After the success of Time To Be Late at MERGE Festival 2015, in partnership with Southwark Council, immersive pop-up art, music and theatre experiences will take place at various points along Blackfriars Road. Using infamous characters from the area, Time To Be Late drew upon the rich history of Southwark and inject energy and humour into the publics’ commute.

MERGE Festival on October 6th & 7th 2016.

Time To Be Late brought a smile to people going about their daily lives and encouraged them to look at the world in a slightly different way.

Created and directed by Jonathan Peck and Robin Steegman
Photography and video by www.tommophoto.com


Frankenstein introducing his wide eyed creation to the glorious sights and people around Blackfriars Road.


Despite being set in locations all over the world, there are numerous connections between the novel Frankenstein and the London Borough of Southwark. Mary Wollenscroft, mother of Mary Shelley, moved to the Blackfriars area after losing her job as a governess and lived there from 1788-1791; a time when the area was seeing great change due to the opening of the new Blackfriars Bridge.

Performance by Al Barclay & Darryl Foster.

Make-up by Bianca Bonjour



The big fight, so big these two boxers have taken it out of the ring and onto the streets. Both undefeated and proclaiming they should be reigning champion of the world… (although it’s their first ever fight).


Inspired by ‘The Ring’, a boxing stadium which once stood on Blackfriars Road. Although established as a boxing venue in 1910, the actual building dated all the way back to 1783; originally designed as a chapel by the Reverend Rowland Hill- who reportedly opted for the unusual, circular design so that there would be no corners in which the devil could hide.

Decades later, the man responsible for overseeing the chapel’s conversion was Dick Burge, a former English Middleweight champion. The Ring opened in 1910, quickly attracting keen crowds and staging events four to five times a week. It became a bare knuckle boxing venue for decades, during which time Bella Burge (aka Bella of Blackfriars) broke the taboo of women attending fights and she later took over the running of the site – often ejecting drunks herself.

Performance by David Kirkbride & Patrick Niknejad


Bert Hardy, his camera and his muse capturing London’s beauty in black and white… only to discover the streets of Southwark are filled with new fashions and distractions galore.

Photographer Bert Hardy was born into a working class family in Blackfriars in 1913. Hardy left school at the age of 14 to begin earning money working in a chemist’s shop which also processed photographs. A self-taught photographer, Hardy’s first break came when he managed to photograph King George V and Queen Mary as they passed through his borough in a carriage.
He later served as a military photographer from 1942-46, taking part in the 1944 D-Day landings. After the war Hardy worked in poor districts such as Elephant and Castle, documenting their social scene. The resulting images are today considered classics showing the strength of the human spirit despite the dire poverty found there. Hardy received substantial critical acclaim for these photographs

Performance by Adam Slyn & Grace St Hill
Make-up by Carly Guy


Using the Cycle Super Highway? Late for work? Life is so much easier on your bike with supporting fans cheering you along your way.

Cycle Superhighways are cycle routes running from outer London into and across central London. They give safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city. Four Superhighways have already launched. The Southwark Spine cycle route will be an important new addition to the cycle network in Southwark.
Performance by Cat Bellamy, Laura-Kate Nice & Sammy Kissin


Stop and go… where would London be without its much loved lollipop lady shining in the streets and helping us all on our merry way.

Lollipop men and women, known elsewhere as crossing guards, have a history that can be traced back to 1920s America. The term lollipop man/woman is only used in Britain and Australia and originates from the circular signs carried on a stick. Britain did not have its first lollipop person until 1937 when a Mrs Hunt took up the role. The longest serving lollipop lady in the UK was Eunice Robinson who worked for at least 40 years.

Performance by Maya Wasowicz & Katherine Kotz





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Photography and video by www.tommophoto.com