Actor Ian McKellen was at Shakespeare's Globe to help launch the STEP Festival highlighting Southwark Theatres' Education Partnership.
Photo: Patrick Baldwin
STEP, which offers a week of events from Saturday 24 April, is the first ever borough-wide festival of theatre.
Robbie Gee, who played The Peckham Prince in Desmond's, introduced a preview of a production by the SE1-based Box Clever Theatre Company to be staged at the Southwark Playhouse.
Also at the Playhouse will be Evacuees, a dramatisation of childhood experiences of World War Two drawing on memories of Southwark pensioners at Blackfriars Settlement and performed by Southwark children.
• STEP is a partnership project between Southwark Council, Southwark Arts Forum and theatres with support from Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Arts & Business, Creative Partnerships and Bankside Business Partnership.