It’s the morning after New Labour’s victory in 1997. Things Can Only Get Better, except for a group of pool attendants struggling to keep the gates open.
As Rob, Steph, Trev and Ashley fight to keep their heads above water, they find that chaos is possibility, that ghosts can be trusted and that magic is redeeming. Pool is a comedy about drowning, grief and forgiveness, and a reminder that friendship is about all we have to see us through.
‘Amazing how a drowning man can get his hand down your bikini bottoms
as he takes his last breath’
TOM HARVEY is a creative entrepreneur and writer working across film, television, interactive media and theatre. He has Executive Produced five feature films and has recently completed the musical LYDIA, and theatre plays POOL and BED. Tom is a past BAFTA winner, alongside Tim Wright and Rob Bevan, for interactive drama ONLINE CAROLINE. In the past Tom has run Northern Film & Media, the creative development and investment agency in North East England, The Edinburgh TV Festival, and was part of the channel team on BBC2. He was awarded an MBE for services to the creative industries in 2012. He has only been writing for theatre in the last few years & POOL is his premiere theatre production.
There has been a theatre at the Jack since 1994. The studio is led by Kate Bannister (Artistic Director) and Karl Swinyard (Producer), who with the creative team at the theatre have established the Jack as one of London’s leading studio spaces. Throughout the year the venue produces theatre, film, and Scratch nights. The theatre is home to the Jack Writers’ Workshop, and also runs writing programmes throughout the year. In 2011 Kate and Karl were awarded Best Venue Directors for the Fringe Report Awards. In 2013 the venue was voted most welcoming theatre (south east) in the Off West End Awards.
Pool by Tom Harvey
Directed by Kate Bannister, Designed by David Shields, Lighting by Amy Mae Smith, Sound Design by Mark Webber
Cast: Darren Beaumont. Alan Booty. Alex Scott Fairley. Rachel Howells. Jonathan Kemp. Joshua Okusanya.
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Lewisham Council. Sponsored by Acorn Ltd.
27th May to 7th June 2014 at 7.45pm
The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre