The Jack Studio

Jack Studio Theatre

Jack Studio Theatre

In 2017 the Jack Studio the marks twenty three years of creating theatre. It is a vibrant and  intimate performance space in south east London, with a long history both within its community and the London-wide theatre scene. We are committed to producing theatre that inspires, challenges and entertains our audience. The theatre is keen to continue its tradition of supporting new companies, providing a space for them to develop their work, alongside the productions created each year by the Jack’s in-house team.

Who’s Who

The Jack is currently led by Kate Bannister (Artistic Director) and Karl Swinyard (Theatre Producer).

Kate Bannister photoKate and Karl produce and programme theatre at the Jack throughout the year.

They were awarded Best Venue Directors in the Fringe Report Awards for their work ‘in making The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre an outstanding venue for exciting theatre; and for encouraging the development of new talent.’

Kate is a theatre director and designer, who has also worked throughout London and the UK, staging several British premieres, as well as opera, revivals and community theatre events. She directs all of the Jack’s in-house productions. Kate is committed to supporting new writing, and is Artistic Director for the Write Now Festivals, which she instigated in 2010.

The theatre was one of 10 venues to be part of the BBC writersroom 10 scheme 2014-15.

Click to contact Kate Click to contact Karl

The creative team at the Jack includes

David Bottomley (Literary Manager) Click to contact David

Darren Batten (Resident Producer): Click to contact Darren

Scratch at the Jack: Click to contact Scratch

Associate Companies and Artists

OutFox Theatre:

DogOrange Theatre:

Brute Farce Theatre Company:

Associate Directors: Tanith Lindon, Brigid Lohrey, Matthew Parker

Literary Associates: Phil Lindsey, Dilek Latif, Emily Priestnall, Suvi Peisanen

Jack Associate Artists: John Fricker, Kirsty Fox

Writer-in-residence 2015-16: Howard Colyer

Creative Consultants: Grey Swan

Off West End Nominations

Best Sound Design: Elliot Clay & Jack Barton: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase produced by the Jack Studio Theatre
Best Production: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase produced by the Jack Studio Theatre
Best Lighting Design: Ben Jacobs for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Best Supporting Male in a Play: Bryan Pilkington for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Best Supporting Female in a Play: Harriet Earle for The Importance Of Being Earnest
Best Male in a Play: Daniel Hall for The Importance Of Being Earnest
Best Male in a Play: Riley Jones for The Importance Of Being Earnest
Best Supporting Male in a Play: Will Pinchin for Frankenstein
Best Director: Ross McGregor for Frankenstein
Best Production: House of America, produced by Free Fall productions and Ysbryd London
Best Sound Design: Jack Barton and Eliot Clay for Macbeth
Best Lighting Design: Ben Jacobs for Macbeth
Best Male Performance: Christopher Tester for Crime and Punishment
Best Director: Sebastian Palka for Holding the Man
Best Male Performance: Alex Dowding for The Awakening
Best Set Designer: Florence Watts for The Awakening
Best Lighting Designer: Jennifer Rose for The Awakening
Best Sound Designer: Max Graef for The Awakening
Best Production: Time of Our Lives, produced by Rare Insight Productions
Best Choreography: Will Pinchin for Anna Karenina
Best Costume: Ross McGregor for Anna Karenina
Best Male: Daniel Chrisostomou for Elephant Man
Best Production: Elephant Man, produced by Fourth Monkey
Best Costume Designer: Zahra Mansouri for The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso and the Mona Lisa
Best Set Designer: Zahra Mansouri for The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso and the Mona Lisa
Best Ensemble: The Peculiar Tale of Pablo Picasso and the Mona Lisa
Best Production: The Mystery of Irma Vep, produced by the Jack Studio
Best Lighting Design: William Ingham for The Mystery of Irma Vep
Best Director: Kate Bannister for The Mystery of Irma Vep
Best Male: Jonathan Kemp for The Mystery of Irma Vep
Best Male: William Kempsell for The Mystery of Irma Vep
Best Lighting Designer: William Ingham for The Mystery of Irma Vep
Best Musical: Love Story, produced by Lanaguage Laid Bare
Best Set Designer: Richard Evans for The Merchant of Venice
Best Lighting Designer: Paul Need for Who Will Carry The Word?
Best Lighting Designer: Stuart Glover for The Merchant of Venice
Best Costume Designer: Rochelle Parry for Julius Caesar
Best Sound Designer: Max Pappenheim for Kafka v Kafka
Best New Play: Lewis Hetherington for Bodies Unfinished
Best Lighting Designer: Katherine Lowry for Bodies Unfinished
Best Production: Bodies Unfinished, produced by Grey Swan
Best Set Design: Stephanie Williams for Bodies Unfinished

Selected Press Quotes

a production which feels rich in its literary and contextual history and gorgeously indulgent to watch. Through all of this, the play loses none of its potential to shock and move audiences, making it a thoroughly enjoyable night at one of South London’s bravest venues.****The Upcoming
The  Jack’s commitment to giving a platform to exciting new work under the artistic direction of Kate Bannister cannot be ignored. Pool is one of a number of pieces of new writing in the theatre’s Write Now Festival. It is everything Fringe theatre can achieve and more. PostScript Journal
Jack Studio’s Write Now Festival celebrates the diversity and energy of south east London’s emerging playwrights. Writer Olga Nikora explores the turmoil of confused identity, dramatising the problem of artificially constructed boundaries and social categories in a progressively diversifying world. Nikora has a talent to inject fire and emotion into every line that engages the audience tirelessly holding their attention until the very last. 90 minutes straight through, and not once did it falter **** The Upcoming
the script does not disappoint, ending with a shocking visual and aural display. True to the Jack Studio Theatre style, this is a new adaptation of a script with great potential. *****Everything Theatre
Inventiveness underpins a hilarious romp that takes us through de Rougemont’s incredible life story… a triumph of theatrical storytelling. ****The Stage
A fascinating story, compellingly told and ingeniously staged… gloriously brought to life with plenty of imagination and fun. ****The Newshopper
Put simply, the entire show was marvellous… a truly wonderful piece of theatre.*****London Theatre1
Seasonal fare doesn’t get better than the Jack Studio Theatre’s Seasonal Offering. Kate Bannister serves up yet another winner – perfectly timed and done to a crisp. This is a sparkling production **** Live In London
The Jack Studio does it again with another excellent, unique production that effectively incorporates a range of theatrical styles.****Everything Theatre.
one of the must-see shows of the year … an amazing, compelling, thought provoking and unforgettable production.***** LondonTheatre1
Flawless script and impeccable acting – Spank House exposes with glitz and dark humour the seedy truth of the ‘boiler room’ scams…A triumph! Jake Costello’s performance is incomparable. Arguably one of the best shows in south London! This show is not to be missed. *****Everything Theatre
enjoyable and well-acted show: there aren’t many productions of this quality on the fringe, and you owe it to yourself to catch them when you can*****Plays To See
Unmissable… the strongest fringe theatre show I’ve seen in a long, long time*****Everything Theatre.