PICTURED: Passengers surprised by theatre on Crystal Palace to Blackheath bus

Pictures by Mark Drinkwater

Pictures by Mark Drinkwater

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , leisure editor

Unsuspecting passengers on a bus between Crystal Palace and Blackheath were surprised by an impromptu performance.

Six actors hopped on the 202 bus for three hours yesterday afternoon (Sunday, July 13) to treat – mostly unaware – customers to humorous, moving, surprising and bizarre tales based on the questions that many of us have asked ourselves on public transport, even if fleetingly.

The performance, called 202x12: Theatre on a Bus, was part of the ongoing Sydenham Arts Festival.

The often surreal monologues ranged from a passenger convinced he was Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings to a biscuit obsessive and an ironic comment on the festival itself.

Festival and performance director Jonathan Kaufman said: “It went amazingly, if slightly chaotically.

Some very entertained passengers, a few very bemused. One lady even asked ‘is this happening every week?’”

Sydenham Arts Festival continues until July 20. Go to sydenhamartsfestival.co.uk

Pictures by Mark Drinkwater.

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