Joan Ruddock was MP for Lewisham from 1987 to 2015. During this time Joan has been out and in (and out again) of Government, sat under six prime ministers and seen the number of women MPs climb to the heady heights of just over one in five.
Since 2008 Joan had also been Charlie Whitworth’s MP and since 2014 Charlie has been meeting Joan. The result of these meetings, When Charlie Met Joan, is an exploration of the fairness of our political system, the reality of being an MP and a look back at Joan’s career in her own words.
When Charlie Met Joan was developed with support from the Bike Shed Theatre. It debuted in July 2015 around Lewisham as part of our People & Politics festival.