SURGE Performance by Jay Bernard at The Albany

In 1981 a fire broke out at a house in New Cross. Thirteen young black people died and the political events that followed would have a dramatic effect on our understanding of what it means to be Black and British.

Inspired by that story, Surge is a poetic exploration of what came after - the resistance, activism and changing notions of the state, the body and the city, narrated by the ghosts of the fire. Rooted in the area's local history, this is a show that imaginatively blends the personal and the political, tracing a line from Thatcherism, the colour bar and the National Front to our current age of Brexit, Grenfell and May. 

Presented by Speaking Volumes and The Albany:

Join Jay Bernard, winner of the 2017 Ted Hughes Award, as they explore this important history using poetry, archive film and audio.


The Albany, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG

1 hour duration, suitable for 14+

Tickets £14/£10 available at The Albany box office tel. 020 8692 4446 or via