At surface level, there are some seriously stereotyped characters in The Night Alive. Maurice (Dan Armour), the older man, trying to dispense sound advice to people (the phrase ‘casting pearls before swine’ from the King James Bible comes to mind). There’s Tommy (David Cox) the – somewhat – wayward nephew, generous to a fault. There Tommy’s good friend Doc (Eoin Lynch), who can’t seem to function without Tommy’s companionship (Lennie in Of Mice and Men comes to mind). There’s Aimee (Bethan … [Read more...]
Jack Studio Theatre London Brockley SE4 2DH | Reviews
The Jack Studio is a vibrant and intimate performance space in south east London, with a long history within its community and the London-wide theatre scene.
The theatre is "committed to producing theatre that inspires, challenges and entertains our audience."
The theatre supports new companies, providing a space for them to develop their work, alongside the productions created each year by the Jack’s in-house team.
The Brockley Jack Theatre
410 Brockley Road
London, SE4 2DH
Back in my school days, I, along with everyone else had to read a book called ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’ by Barry Hines. At the time, I thought it was an okay book, but I didn’t really think too much about it. The book was made into a film by Ken Loach in 1969 and finally a play by Robert Alan Evans which is currently being presented at the Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley. A middle-aged man (Rob Pomfret) is troubled. images, sounds and memories are racing through his mind, taking him back to his … [Read more...]
I think there was a day, a long, long time ago, when I really wanted children. A youngster or two to look up to me, trust my judgement, call me Dad and support me in my old age. Luckily for me, and the world,, someone opened a bottle of wine, and the moment passed, never to return. So, no, I’m not keen to be a father but some people really do want a child of their own. Fortunately, if the standard method - kids ask your parents - doesn’t work, then there are a range of options available. Welcome … [Read more...]
Cole Porter famously wrote “Brush up your Shakespeare, Start quoting him now, Brush up your Shakespeare, And the women you will wow” nice words but for the Controlled Chaos Theatre Company fairly pointless as they present their all-female version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Brockley Jack. I’m sure you know the basics of the story. Prospero (Jo Bartlett), rightful Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda (Michelle Pittoni), have been stranded for twelve years on an island after … [Read more...]
I wonder why more productions don’t follow the pre-show format from Aequitas Theatre in this production of Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, warmly welcoming the audience and helping them to their seats. The only other time I’ve experienced this sort of introduction was at a production of Ushers The Musical, in which cast members were more than convincing enough to ‘be’ ushers as the audience filed in: one patron even opened their bag as they approached a cast member, as though anticipating a … [Read more...]