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From Docks to Desktops


FROM DOCKS TO DESKTOPS

From Docks to Desktops was an oral history project exploring the subject of work and how changes to work affect a community. The project looked at how the area has changed since the closure of the Surrey Commercial Docks and related industries. The project also looked more closely at how changes in employment have affected community life, friendships and health. The stories and research were gathered into a new show, performed in November 2013 at the Biscuit Factory, SE16.

“Tell us a bit about your work.”
We asked over 40 people this simple question.  

and created a new theatre performance which told the story of their working lives and their communities.

“I got a three day suspension for eating a custard cream”.  
These are the stories of Dockers and Stevedores, biscuit packers and secretaries, film makers, café owners and shop managers.  Join us to experience the journey of Surrey Commercial Docks and its evolution over the last 50 years.

“boy you’ve come into the dock, if you find a good governor, kill ‘im before he becomes a bad one”
Created entirely from the words of the people whose stories we collected, ‘From Docks to Desktops’ brings together storytelling, physical theatre and a cast of Londoners aged 9-80 to explore the rich tapestry of work in Rotherhithe, Bermondsey and Deptford.

Performances of From Docks to Desktops took place from 15th - 30th November 2013 on the site of Peek Freans, now know as The Biscuit Factory.

CLICK HERE to visit the From Docks to Desktops project website.


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