Seething Wells and the defeat of King Cholera


We are the scientists of Serendipity

The chroniclers of chance encounters

The map makers of minute moments

The historians of happy coincidences

We want to harness the natural serendipitous power in this building to show you the story of clean drinking water. We have set up an experiment that we want to demonstrate.

In these pipes are dreams…

Pipe dreams

Dumbshow in collaboration with The Community Brain and Smoking Apples present to you the story of how clean water came to London.

It is August 24th 1854, an oppressively hot summer in the heart of the emerging metropolis. Soho, an island of dirt, where the comings and goings of debauchery and creativity dance a merry dance. The streets are filthy, the air is fetid, but the sun in shining as Sarah Lewis carries her baby home. Little does she know that she is about to wipe out an entire community.

Tickets & Dates

Tickets are free – email to reserve your place. Also see the Seething Wells website for more information.

6th – 8th and 10th – 12th November, 7:30pm (running time approx 40 minutes)

Seething Wells, Kingston University
Portsmouth Road


Nearest station, Surbiton (every 12 minutes from London Waterloo)
On leaving the station, turn left onto the high street (Victoria Road). Follow the road straight on, past Sainsburys, until you reach a T-junction. Turn right into Brighton Road, pass Blockbuster Video and head straight on over the first set of traffic lights. At next set of lights, turn left into Portsmouth Road. Seething Wells is approximately 50 yards along on the left with blue railings.

Dumbshow Credits

  • Involving
    • Lotte Allan
    • Michael Bryher
    • Jack Cole