From Docks to Desktops, the latest production from London Bubble Theatre Company, utilises personal testimony, physical theatre and the combined skills of a large-scale cast of contemporary Londoners to explore the rich tapestry of work in Rotherhithe, Bermondsey and Deptford.
For over 300 years, the Surrey Commercial Docks was a key trading and industrial centre of London, until its decline in 1969. The docks and the encompassing area later went through radical transformation and Rotherhithe, Bermondsey and Deptford emerged as key residential communities with strong links with the SE1 and Canary Wharf economic zones.
Over the last year, members of London Bubble Theatre have pulled together stories from people who lived and worked in the area. These stories form a lively telling of the working lives of the communities of this part of London. Performed at the Biscuit Factory, which also features in the production as the home of Peek Freans, inter-generational conversations are beautifully animated by a cast of ages 9 – 80 years
From Docks to Desktops is directed by Jonathan Petherbridge, written by Simon Startin and designed by Pip Nash. Jonathan Petherbridge’s participatory performance work includes the much acclaimed Gilgamesh and more recently ‘Blackbirds‘ and ‘Rivers and People‘.
He says “Work affects our lives in many ways – our finances, friendships, bodies, health – and of course our sense of worth. It’s a fascinating subject – we love watching people work – and this project has given us a chance to talk about how work arrangements continually change. The venue we are performing in was part of a factory that was owned by one business and employed 600 people. Now on the same site 150 businesses employ 300 people, in a myriad of micro enterprises. We could have called it From Custard Creams to Climbing Walls (or From Crackers to Crampons). And the subject makes great theatre – physical, heartfelt, poetic, political.”
Unit H03, The Biscuit Factory
100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG
15 – 17 Nov, 22-23 Nov, 29-30 Nov 7.30pm (except 17 Nov). 3.oopm matinees 17 Nov and 23rd Nov £8, £10, £12
Box Office 020 7237 4434; www.londonbubble.org.uk
Transport Bermondsey (Jubilee Line); Surrey Quays (East London Line)
Thursday 24th October 2013