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From Docks to Desktops


Created from dozens of personal testimonies, this is the story of the changing face of work today.

Surrey Docks in South East London was once a thriving commercial hub where some of the UK’s top brands were based: Crosse & Blackwell, Sarson’s Vinegar, Peek Freans, Lipton’s Tea. These big companies created a myriad of jobs for local people and the community prospered.

But with the decline of the docks in the 1970s, factories closed down or moved away, work patterns changed and redevelopment began. From Docks to Desktops explores the fascinating story of how one community has survived the 21st century challenges of urban change and renewal.

Aurora New Plays

Written by Simon Startin

First performed by London Bubble Theatre company in 2013

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