Oral History: Carole Pluckrose
It’s like having watched a forest or a jungle grow around you where there was nothing. So, the skyline has consistently changed. And then gradually, bit by bit, almost impossibly it would seem, these buildings have gone up and all these tower blocks have gone up everywhere.
Carole Pluckrose has first hand experience of Barking’s ex-industrial riverside, being part of the area’s regeneration over the past decades. Carole is a writer, theatre maker and space maker. Co-founder and Artist Director of The Boathouse, an arts venue near Barking’s Abbey Road located in converted industrial buildings.
Working and living in Barking over several decades, Carole shares the dramatic transformations she has observed in Barking’s physical and social landscapes. During her career as a theatre director, Carole has explored Barking’s heritage stories through community plays and collaboration with local poets, artists and activists. She shares stories of Barking’s arts and creative developments, from the transformation of old factory buildings into arts venues, to seeing young people she has worked with progress in their careers (such as local actor Russell Tovey). She reflects on regeneration, mysterious shipwrecks and disappearing stenches to be found by Barking’s ever-changing riverside.