The Jack Studio Theatre is led by Kate Bannister (Artistic Director) and Karl Swinyard (Executive Producer), supported by the Jack’s team. Kate 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 an established theatre director and designer, who has worked throughout London and the UK, staging several British premieres, as well as opera, revivals and community and youth theatre events. She directs all of the Jack’s in-house productions. Kate is committed to supporting new writing through the Jack’s writing programmes, and was 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.
The Jack has continued to work with artists online, since March 2020, providing commissions & opportunities for theatre writers, directors, actors and technicians.
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.
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 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.
Inventiveness underpins a hilarious romp that takes us through de Rougemont’s incredible life story… a triumph of theatrical storytelling.
A fascinating story, compellingly told and ingeniously staged… gloriously brought to life with plenty of imagination and fun.
Put simply, the entire show was marvellous… a truly wonderful piece of theatre.
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.
The Jack Studio does it again with another excellent, unique production that effectively incorporates a range of theatrical styles.
one of the must-see shows of the year … an amazing, compelling, thought provoking and unforgettable production.
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.
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
Unmissable… the strongest fringe theatre show I’ve seen in a long, long time