If George Orwell had taken a cue from his essay about what the perfect pub would be like and one day sat down to do the same for the perfect theatre, the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre would be pretty close I reckon.
I’ve spoken before about the Jack before but, to paraphrase, I just wanted to put down in words how wonderful life is ’cause they’re in the world. I came to know them because they put on a play of mine last year as part of their new writing festival, but I had long been looking for a local theatre in SE London to connect with and the Jack has been that for me. Kate, the Artistic Director, continues to support me and I’m extremely grateful for that help and her wise counsel.
On top of this:
1) They do great work for their area and draw in a massive local audience. Like theatre uniquely can and should.
2) They present plays that rival the quality of bigger, regularly publicly funded venues. Seriously, pretty much everything I have gone to see there has been top notch – personally, it has a better hit rate that Upstairs at the Court.
3) They’re bloody nice (and very funny) people.
They do all this operating on very, very slim margins so – and please forgive if this sounds a little mighty – if you’ve ever found any of my scripts entertaining or useful or just like to reward good people doing good work, then please do take a few seconds to sling a quid or two towards the Jack by clicking here. It’s places like them that keep people like me going and every penny goes to the upkeep to a model theatre that does SE London proud. Better yet, get down and see a show. Let me know what – I’ll come with.
Cheers. I’ll be quiet now.