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410 Brockley Road, London, SE4 2DH
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Body 115 by Jan Noble

Body 115 by Jan Noble

written and performed by Jan Noble directed by Justin Butcher

Ever wished that you were somewhere else? Ever wished that you were somebody else?

Escaping the rain, a journey on the London Underground becomes a descent into the underworld in this award-winning show.

Summoning a spirit guide in the form of Body 115, we follow our poet-hero down and out through the sewers and tubes of Kings Cross Station to the heart of Italy.

Part invocation, part rain dance, this poetic odyssey is delivered with a contemporary kick. From the terraces at Millwall to fashionable Milan expect shadowy encounters, iPhone selfies, dodgy connections and chance meetings with a host of poet ghosts.

Body 115 was the winner of the London Pub Theatre Awards for ‘Best Innovative Play’ 2023, and received an Offie Commendation, 2023.

Press for this production

‘One hour of literary and poetic brilliance. Not to be missed.’ ★★★★★ A_ Young(ish) Perspective_

‘Using a verbal paintbrush it feels like this visionary painting is worthy of the Louvre… A poetic masterpiece’ ★★★★★_ North West End_

‘A triumph in poetic theatre performance. Utterly captivating’ ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

‘Where theatre meets poetry, local history and time travel, Jan Noble has gilded tonsils… Brings to mind Stephen Berkoff in his prime’ ★★★★ London Pub Theatres

Performances: Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 May 2024 at 7.30 pm Tickets: £17, £15 conc; suitable for 14+. Terms and conditions apply when booking. Our concessionary price tickets are for: full-time students, over 65s, registered unwaged, under 18s and Equity Members. Please bring proof of status.

Tue 7 May

£15–£17

Wed 8 May

£15–£17

Thu 9 May

£15–£17

Fri 10 May

£15–£17

Sat 11 May

£15–£17

The British Theatre Challenge

The British Theatre Challenge

produced by Sky Blue Theatre is delighted to be returning to the Jack Studio Theatre to bring you five new plays, wrapped into one very entertaining evening. A night of diverse, exciting and award winning plays from around the world.Produced by Sky Blue Theatre, the challenge is open to all playwrights, and our 8th year has seen 280 short plays submitted from 14 different countries making this the biggest challenge yet!This years selected plays are:Cougar by Michael FenlasonAntisocial by Media Julie BarnettFor Abby by Holli HarmsTrick or Treat by Ron AsherFabio the Great by Elspeth TilleyThe British Theatre Challenge has been supporting and producing work by emerging and established writers across the globe since 2012. In the past few years over 40 winning plays have been offered publication as a direct result of the challenge.Tuesday 1- Saturday 6 October 2019 at 7.30pmNo performances: Sundays and MondaysTickets: �16, �13 conc, suitable for 16+

Tue 16 Apr

£15–£17

Wed 17 Apr

£15–£17

Thu 18 Apr

£15–£17

Fri 19 Apr

£15–£17

Sat 20 Apr

£15–£17

The Essence of Audrey by Helen Anker

The Essence of Audrey by Helen Anker

directed by Michael Vivian

All she really wanted was to be loved and to find love.

Have you ever wondered what is behind the seemingly idyllic life of Audrey Hepburn? She was, and continues to be, an inspiration. A beautiful, modest actress, and Ambassador of UNICEF.

Audrey proved to be one of those rare people who truly deserved ‘fashion icon’ status, but what made her into the star we think we know?

In The Essence of Audrey she shares her successes and failures, her triumphs and disappointments, confronting her anxieties and fears and finding the truth she’s never been able to voice before. Glimpse behind the icon in this new biopic play written and performed by Helen Anker.

Helen Anker. Helen has appeared in many shows in the West End and on Broadway, and in numerous regional productions including Crazy for You, Cats, Oklahoma, Beautiful and Damned, The 39 Steps, My Fair Lady, Mamma Mia! and The Prom. She is excited to share her one woman play about the life of Audrey Hepburn with you, which she wrote and created herself during lockdown.

Performances: Thursday 14 - Saturday 16 March 2024 Tickets: £17, £15 conc; suitable for 13+. Terms and conditions apply when booking. Our concessionary price tickets are for: full-time students, over 65s, registered unwaged, under 18s and Equity Members. Please bring proof of status.

Thu 14 Mar

£15–£17

Fri 15 Mar

£15–£17

Sat 16 Mar

£15–£17

The Girl in the Green Room by Luke Adamson

The Girl in the Green Room by Luke Adamson

directed by Luke Adamson produced by The Bridge House Theatre

As the heavens open and the thunder cracks, a young writer dives into a never before seen bookshop for shelter on his way home one Autumn evening. Despite nobody answering his calls he has the distinct feeling that he is not alone.

When he discovers a secret room hidden behind an old mahogany bookcase things take a turn for the weird. Poetry scrawled into the pages of a handwritten diary reveals the details of a forbidden love affair.

Could this mysterious author be his unseen companion? As he dives further into the writing, the spirit’s dark purpose is revealed.

Can he calm the spirit in time? Will he ever escape The Green Room?

Inspired by The Green Room by Walter De La Mare, The Girl In The Green Room is an atmospheric one-man ghost story.

After its Five Star, award-nominated run at the neighbouring Bridge House Theatre, The Girl In The Green Room is getting a new life at the Jack Studio for one week only!

Press for this production:

‘The best aspect of the show is the ease with which it is possible to suspend disbelief… For anyone who is used to the rush of the 21st century, this might feel like a forgotten world unfolding in a kind of slow motion. It feels like a show to experience as it gets under the skin.’ London Pub Theatres ★★★★★

‘The Girl in The Green Room is one of the best productions you are likely to find in any London pub theatre this year… Adamson’s script is a masterpiece. Lindoe puts in an outstanding dramatic performance’ ★★★★★ The Recs

Nominated for Four Off West End Awards: Solo Performance, New Play, Sound Design and Lighting Design.

Performances: Tuesday 21 February - Saturday 25 May 2024 Tickets: £17, £15 conc; suitable for 13+. Terms and conditions apply when booking. Our concessionary price tickets are for: full-time students, over 65s, registered unwaged, under 18s and Equity Members. Please bring proof of status.

Tue 21 May

£15–£17

Wed 22 May

£15–£17

Thu 23 May

£15–£17

Fri 24 May

£15–£17

Sat 25 May

£15–£17

Lear's Shadow devised and performed by Colin Hurley

Lears Shadow devised and performed by Colin Hurley

Shadow: (n) 1 a dark shape formed when an object blocks a source of light 2 reflected image 3 spirit, ghost 4 actor, player

“Lie here and rest a while”

An old man in a dressing gown shuffles into the space carrying a box. Out of the box pour the objects, people, wrongs, jokes, mistakes, laughter and regrets that make up a life.

Over the next seventy minutes he is swept up by moments in the journey that brought him here, to this great stage of fools: the loss of three daughters, the loss of his knights, the loss of his fool, the loss of his wits. Oh, and the storm. Don’t forget the storm. When The Rain Came…

Using only Shakespeare’s words Colin Hurley’s Lear’s Shadow is an inventive and engaging reflection on Shakespeare’s great domestic tragedy.

Content warning: this piece includes vivid representations of poor parenting.

Colin Hurley has been an actor for forty years, is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, and played in 20 productions at Shakespeare’s Globe (including playing Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night at The Globe, in the West End and on Broadway). He also trains and plays regularly with experimental theatre company ‘The Factory’.

Performances: Tuesday 13 - Saturday 24 February 2024

Sat 24 Feb

£13–£15

Shotgunned by Matt Anderson

Shotgunned by Matt Anderson

written and directed by Matt Anderson presented by Kangaroo Court

Shotgunned tells the story of Dylan and Roz, a couple who unexpectedly fall out of love.

It is a poignant and humorous reflection on the messy and the beautiful in relationships and how we can come up against a dead end, no matter how much we care for each other. It also speaks about our dreams and the courage and resilience it takes to follow them.

In equal parts hilarious and heart-breaking, Shotgunned is a relatable and intimate piece of theatre about the people we lose that shape who we become.

Written and directed by Matt Anderson, Shotgunned is Kangaroo Court’s debut production. It comes to the Jack as part of a UK-wide tour, performing at theatres in Cornwall, Exeter, Bath, London, Brighton, and Edinburgh.

Kangaroo Court is a production company created with the intention of bringing unique and exciting projects to as many people as possible. With a successful background theatre and film, the team at Kangaroo Court strive to engage with their audiences via a blend of relatable, emotional, and diverse storytelling that encapsulates the human experience through accessible, artistic performance.

Performances: Tuesday 25 February - Saturday 29 June 2024 Tickets: £16, £14 conc; suitable for 14+. Tuesday 25th June all tickets £12 Terms and conditions apply when booking. Our concessionary price tickets are for: full-time students, over 65s, registered unwaged, under 18s and Equity Members. Please bring proof of status.

Tue 25 Jun

£12

Wed 26 Jun

£14–£16

Thu 27 Jun

£14–£16

Fri 28 Jun

£14–£16

Sat 29 Jun

£14–£16

The Sobcentre by Guy Woods

The Sobcentre by Guy Woods

directed by Benedict Crosby presented by Tathata Theatre

Jon wakes up with a severe head injury, no memory of who he is, or where on earth he’s ended up.

In a bizarre new-wave clinic named The Sobcentre he listens to the strange stories of the sad people who live there attempting to understand their lives – or is he just trying to feel better about himself?

With an energetic original live soundtrack, this fast-paced black comedy whirls through a surreal world of selfishness, exploitation and hope to find out what sadness can REALLY be worth. Expect laughs, movement and drumming.

Originally hailing from Bristol, TATHATA THEATRE are a new company with a dynamic, energetic and unflinching performance style, with lots to say. The SOBCENTRE is their first show, developed with support from Arts Council England, The Island Bristol and Pleasance Theatre. Company members have been involved in shows at venues including Bristol Old Vic, The New Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, The Tron Theatre and The Tobacco Factory Theatre.

Performances: Tuesday 27 February - Saturday 2 March 2024 Tickets: £17, £15 conc; suitable for 14+. Tuesday 27th February all tickets £10 Terms and conditions apply when booking. Our concessionary price tickets are for: full-time students, over 65s, registered unwaged, under 18s and Equity Members. Please bring proof of status.

Tue 27 Feb

£10

Wed 28 Feb

£15–£17

Thu 29 Feb

£15–£17

Fri 1 Mar

£15–£17

Sat 2 Mar

£15–£17

That Girl vs The World by George Lester

That Girl vs The World by George Lester

directed by Luke Adamson produced by The Bridge House Theatre

Who’d have thought that putting on a dress and reading some stories would lead to war on the streets of South London?

Meet That Girl. If there’s one thing you need to know about That Girl, it’s that she loves books: she loves writing them and she loves reading them.

One day while getting ready to do just that she found herself in the middle of the new wave of an age old battle. What followed was a media storm like nothing she had ever faced before, a storm that circulated lies, dog whistling and scaremongering in an attempt to ruin her.

But That Girl, and the local community, had other ideas.

What started as reading books about kindness and inclusivity to children became a battle of false principles and faux outrage that taught That Girl more about about the power of community and the strength within than she’d have thought possible. And now it’s time for her to tell her story.

THAT GIRL vs THE WORLD is an all lip-syncing, all singing, all dancing extravaganza taking you from her humble origins to centre stage in a media storm.

After its Five Star, award-nominated, run at the neighbouring Bridge House Theatre, That Girl vs The World is getting a new life at the Jack Studio for one week only

Press for this production‘a thoroughly entertaining evening that will make you laugh, clap and think in equal measure… the technical ambition of this extravaganza befits a sell-out Madison Square Garden’ ★★★★★ The Rec‘their repartee is very neatly done and the video design by Luke Adamson is top-class… it is a call to everyone to stand together against hate of all kinds.’ British Theatre GuideNominated for TWO OFF WEST END AWARDS: Performance Piece, Video Design

Performances: Tuesday 21 February - Saturday 25 May 2024 Tickets: £17, £15 conc; suitable for 13+. Terms and conditions apply when booking. Our concessionary price tickets are for: full-time students, over 65s, registered unwaged, under 18s and Equity Members. Please bring proof of status.

Tue 28 May

£15–£17

Wed 29 May

£15–£17

Thu 30 May

£15–£17

Fri 31 May

£15–£17

Sat 1 Jun

£15–£17

The Valentine Letters by Steve Darlow

The Valentine Letters by Steve Darlow

based on the book Geprüft by Frances Zagni directed by Jo Emery produced by Fighting High Productions

The Valentine Letters is a new play based upon the Second World War correspondence between Royal Air Force airman and Prisoner of War John Valentine and his wife Ursula.

These letters provide an unprecedented insight in to how two people struggle to find solace and keep their hopes and love alive despite the anxieties of John’s dangerous operational life, his three years behind barbed wire, and Ursula’s endeavours raising a newborn under the constant threat of aerial attack.

The Valentine Letters is a testament to the pain of separation, isolation, coping, and change, interspersed with humorous and heartwarming moments. A remarkable account of the effect of the Second World War on the lives of a young married couple and their generation.

This is the latest play from Steve Darlow, whose most recent work includes the acclaimed Their Finest Hour.

Press for previous production, Their Finest Hour:

‘Darlow is to be applauded… beautifully represents the period.’ ★★★★★ North West End UK

‘Real tales of real people… all individuals with the same hopes, dreams, and fears as everyone else, and this production does well to bring their humanity back into focus’. ★★★★ London Theatre 1

”A celebration of forgotten heroes, told in their own words… sometimes funny, sometimes poignant and always brave. Steve Darlow’s play cleverly interlaces their stories with iconic songs of the time’. ★★★★ London Pub Theatres

‘Their Finest Hour is an absorbing piece of drama that never forgets the human toll behind the glamour of the dashing uniform… an earnest and beautifully performed show.’ British Theatre Guide

Performances: Tuesday 11 – Saturday 22 June 2024 at 7.30 pm Saturday 15 June matinee performance at 3.00pm Tickets: £17, £15 conc; suitable for 12+. Terms and conditions apply when booking. Our concessionary price tickets are for: full-time students, over 65s, registered unwaged, under 18s and Equity Members. Please bring proof of status.

Tue 11 Jun

£15–£17

Wed 12 Jun

£15–£17

Thu 13 Jun

£15–£17

Fri 14 Jun

£15–£17

Sat 15 Jun

£15–£17

Tue 18 Jun

£15–£17

Wed 19 Jun

£15–£17

Thu 20 Jun

£15–£17

Fri 21 Jun

£15–£17

Sat 22 Jun

£15–£17

The Watsons by Laura Wade

The Watsons by Laura Wade

The Watsons by Laura Wade directed by Rebecca Dallaway produced by The Dulwich Players

What happens when the writer loses the plot?

Emma Watson is nineteen and new in town. She and her sisters must marry, fast. If not, they face poverty, spinsterhood, or worse: an eternity with their boorish brother and his awful wife.

Luckily there are plenty of potential suitors to dance with, even if some are far from suitable. So far so familiar. But there’s a problem: Jane Austen didn’t finish the story. Who will write Emma’s happy ending now?

Based on her incomplete novel, this sparklingly witty play looks under the bonnet of Jane Austen and asks: what can characters do when their author abandons them?

The Watsons by Laura Wade was first performed at The Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by Samuel West, on 8th November 2018.

This amateur production of The Watsons is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Performances: Wednesday 24 - Saturday 27 April 2024 Saturday 27 matinee at 3pm Tickets: £15, £13 conc, suitable for 10+

Content advice: contains some some strong language.

Our concessionary price tickets are for: full-time students, over 65s, registered unwaged, under 18s and Equity Members. Please bring proof of status.

Wed 24 Apr

£13–£15

Thu 25 Apr

£13–£15

Fri 26 Apr

£13–£15

Sat 27 Apr

£13–£15

The Brockley Jack Theatre is in Lewisham and is in same building as the eponymous pub.

Peter Rocca, David Kincaid, and Michael Bottle started the theatre in 1992, which has a resident production company Southside Arts, a programme of touring shows, an annual festival of new plays, Write Now, and is the home of the Brockley Jack Film Club.

Crofton Park Station is a 2 minute walk and buses 122, 172, 171, P4, N171 stop outside the theatre.

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