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Date(s) - 15/09/2019
19:30 - 21:15

Stoke Newington


“Florence Smith – Now and Then” plays at The Tower Theatre  on Sunday 15th September. is a play about a real woman, a hospital cleaner, who was born in the Boer war and who lived in North London. In 1969, when she was still alive, her grandson, actor Chris Saul recorded her hilarious and moving tales of her long, extraordinary yet ordinary life. He turned it into a book and now, many years later into a play performed by Ursula Mohan who has been a working actress since she was 15 and has played everything from a female “Lear” to a clippie on “On The Buses” There is lots of background information, film clips and recordings on the Flo website: www.flonowandthen.co.uk
The play began a small tour in 2017 at The Bear Pit in Stratford upon Avon. (In fact the play was so successful that they booked us to return again later that year.) Since then it has played in quite a few small venues from The Omnibus in Clapham to Theatre Le Colombier in SW France. Everywhere the response has been tremendous with standing ovations and the reviews are great:
“Funny, poignant, often both at once, Flo is both an engaging personal story and the best kind of history lesson.”HARRIET GILBERT BBC RADIO 4 “A GOOD READ”
“Feisty, funny and frank this working class London girl has endured poverty, injustice, a troubled upbringing, love and loss. Her reminiscences intermingle with world
events and vividly transport the audience back to those moments in time. Human and relatable. Magic!” GILL SUTHERLAND STRATFORD HERALD
“An astonishingly empathetic and captivating performance from Ursula Mohan and a delicate and subtle production” B.WOOLGAR THE REVIEW
“A truly wonderful and classy piece of theatre. I was very moved. ” CLAIRE EVANS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR VERA FLETCHER HALL