Cafe and performance studio to open inside converted Barking warehouses

Claire Bullen, marketing and business development assistant at Rooff, Steve Drury, development direc

Claire Bullen, marketing and business development assistant at Rooff, Steve Drury, development director at Rooff and Carole Pluckrose at the Granary - Credit: Archant

A new cafe and 150-seat performance studio are set to open in converted warehouses by the river in Barking.

The Green Room Terrace Cafe will sit within the Granary in Abbey Road, a converted and Victorian warehouse which was launched around two years ago.

The building is now home to a number of companies, including a bespoke furniture store and a social enterprise helping young people turn their lives around.

The 150-seat performance studio is to open in the neighbouring Malthouse, another converted warehouse which houses the Arc Theatre, and will be hired out to various groups.

There are currently two vacant studios which will be turned into one large room, with a moveable partitioning wall to divide the room back into two spaces when needed.

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Both buildings are owned by construction company Rooff - and known as the Icehouse Cultural Quarter - but the studio and cafe will be developed and managed by Carole Pluckrose, co-founder and former artistic director and chief executive of Arc Theatre.

She said: “We’d like the studio space to be used by all kind of groups, including local dance schools, and professional theatre groups.

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“I think it, together with the cafe, will be a fantastic addition to the area.”

Carole left Arc in June after 30 years to set up her own company called Jasmine Street Creative Lab at the Granary.

Jasmine Street sees her work with a variety of artists, collaborators and commissioners to share and develop ideas, such as theatre and film projects.

If you are interested in hiring out the studio space contact or call 020 8123 8560 or 07412 60214.

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