Lisa Spills the Beans

Vale residents and Streatham Seniors took a trip down Memory Lane recently with well-known South London resident, drama teacher, performer and priest, Lisa Wright. Lisa entertained all at our coffee morning with readings from her book, Spilling the Beans

This is a collection of letters written by her mother, Margot, between 1953 and 1958, when she was living as a rector’s wife in an English vicarage. A witty and heart-warming account of post-war Britain, Lisa has used the book as the basis of her one woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe and was delighted to share excerpts and reminiscences with our audience. 

South London figures large in her life and she has especially fond memories of Woolwich, where she lived for a time.

As technology was introduced during the 1950’s to make the housewife’s lot better, there were anecdotes about the arrival of the launderette and later, the washing machine. Less than amusing were recollections of the Great Smog and the devastating floods at Southend-on-Sea and Canvey Island.

Audience members recalled their own experiences of the time, swapping stories about different parts of London and how life has changed over the years.