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Sweet Thames: The London Folk Club Heritage Project

Prepare to travel back in time to the folk clubs of 1960s London. This piece of musical verbatim theatre, written and performed by Ewan Wardrop, draws on twenty-five oral history interviews collected for Sweet Thames: The London Folk Club Heritage Project. Over six months, Ewan  immersed himself in these recordings and transcriptions to create a one-man, one hour show scripted almost entirely word-for-word from the actual interviews.

You’ll experience authentic voices from the folk revival brought richly to life through song, dance, music and spoken word in a tour-de-force performance. Sweet Thames is an elegy to a remarkable moment in the history of British folk, and to the people who made it happen.


Ewan Wardrop began his career as a dancer for Matthew Bourne’s dance company, performing around the world, on Broadway and in the West End. As an actor, he has appeared in productions for Shakespeare’s Globe, The RSC, The Old Vic, Kneehigh Theatre and Complicite. In 2012 Ewan wrote and performed a critically-acclaimed one-man show on the life of George Formby for the Edinburgh Festival. He is a member of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and step dances and plays banjo ukulele with The Servants Ball. He also created experimental Morris side The Bo Diddlers. He has become a Hartlepool Folk Festival favourite, and he’ll be performing in our Cabaret again this year – we can’t wait!

Sweet Thames is produced by Star Creative Heritage

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