Ghosts on a Wire

  • A new play by
    Linda Wilkinson


  • Dates
    21 September 2022 - 8 October 2022
  • Times
  • Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
  • Saturdays 2.30pm


  • Full Price£25
  • Concession£20
  • Southwark Residents (with proof)£15


Mary Shelley’s prophesies in her book Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus, came to fruition some hundred years after publication on the banks of the Thames at Blackfriars.

Electricity, the source of her supernatural themes, became a true force of Power in the world, a force as destructive as it was beneficial.

Ghosts on a Wire follows the development of the worlds’ largest coal powered electric plant, The Pioneer as it lit the houses and streets of the affluent North Bank of the river, whilst destroying the homes and working-class communities on the South.

In the face of this, one woman, Octavia Hill, fought for the right for the ordinary people of Southwark to have decent homes and clean air.

Her story and that of our ghosts, recounts a tale of unworldly events, corruption, greed and resilience in the face of a Leviathan that was able to consume everything it encountered.


Octavia Hill
Gerri Farrell

William Shelfer
Andrew Fettes

William Blake
Timothy Harker

Sarah Shelfer
Ali Kemp

Harriot Yorke
Deborah Klayman

Michael Faraday
Tom Neill


Writer and Producer
Linda Wilkinson

PK Taylor

Sound Designer and Composer
Jack Baxter

Photographer and Graphic Design
Martin Butterworth

Adrian Chappell

Projection Design (Stagefright Films)
Chris Lince

Penn O’Gara