Above: A beer mat I designed for a comedy/history/musical/show we did in a maze of derelict rooms underneath Shoreditch Town Hall. 

Title: The Backpassages of Spitalfields.

Client: Spitalfields Music Festival / Bishopsgate Institute / Spitalfields Crypt Trust / Brick lane Book Shop / Rich Mix / Shoreditch Town Hall – and more.

Years: 2004 – present.

About: I’ve written and performed a lot of work for Alan Gilbey’s site-specific comedy history shows. I’ve created loads of stuff (including magic lantern slides, photo-stories and quite a few animations and live-action sequences).

Me and a regular group of Eastenders,  (please don’t tell Alan that I’m from Nottingham), have done things in a wide variety of venues form crypts to derelict houses to Shoreditch Town Hall to Waterstones Piccadilly to Rough Trade.

I also illustrated this popular book. My pictures are displayed in The Tate Modern and Whitechapel Gallery, (bookshop).

“Backpassage Walks are a hilarious alternative to the normal blue badge tours around East London, whilst remaining historically accurate and extremely informative.
Alan Gilbey is the real thing, a genuine Eastender who knows his material intimately and an extraordinary performer and writer. I cannot recommend his walks too highly.”

 – Rachel Lichtenstein, author of ‘Diamond Street’, ‘On Brick Lane’ ‘Estuary’ and ‘Rodinski’s Room’ with Iain Sinclair.

“A tour de farce…would make any music hall audience groan with laughter…the cool alternative option.” – The Independent

 “Sharp and informative…unique.” – The Guardian

  • Kate Sullivan