As we can’t bring live theatre back to you just yet, with the vital support of Arts Council England the Jack Studio is working on a project that brings together theatre writers, directors, performers, producer, composer and film maker.

We are working on a new piece that will be shared with our audience online from October.  We’ll be posting more about this as we go along, but here is the story so far.


The last few months have led to a lot of thinking about the importance of human connectivity, and the role of artists and creative practitioners in being voices for our shared experience. CONNECT is a collaborative project aimed at delivering one new work with up to 18 theatre artists involved. We hope to capture and celebrate different stories of how we connect now and will do in the future.

Whilst we’d love to be back in our rehearsal rooms and auditoriums, CONNECT keeps us finding new stories and creating together at this time. We look forward to sharing this with you.

CONNECT is made possible due to the support of Arts Council England.
We’d also like to thank the friends and supporters who have donated to the Jack Studio Theatre’s survival fund.

The Writers

CONNECT brings together four playwrights, who will each produce their response to our theme. Once completed the four short scripts will be rehearsed and filmed at the Jack Studio, using the spaces inside the building as our backdrop.

We’re delighted to introduce you to the writers here.

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu is a British-Ghanaian writer & director hailing from South London. He has studied at Roehampton University & Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. Credits include the Offie nominated productions: Sweet Like Chocolate Boy (Jack Studio & National tour) & Little Baby Jesus (by Arinze Kene at The Orange Tree). In 2019, Tristan won the inaugural JMK award for emerging directors.

Lin Coghlan is from Dublin. She trained at the Rose Bruford College. Her writing for the theatre includes Apache Tears Clean Break, winner of the Peggy Ramsey Award, Kingfisher Blue at the Bush, Mercy and Waking at the Soho Theatre and The Miracle at the National Theatre. She has written many plays for companies with strong community relationships including Theatre Centre, Red Ladder, Clean Break, and Half Moon Young People’s Theatre. Her screenplay First Communion Day (BBC Films) was Winner of the Dennis Potter Play of the Year Award, and Some Dogs Bite (Kindle Entertainment/BBC) winner of the Audience Prize at the Nantes Film Festival. She has numerous credits on British and Irish television alongside many dramatisations for BBC Radio 4. Lin has had a long association with The Jack Theatre and is often to be found writing in the bar.

Mel Pennant is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She graduated in 2014 with an MA in Screenwriting at the London College of Communication. In 2013, she won the Jack Studio Write Now 4 award where her play, No Rhyme, had a two-week run. Mel has been involved with the Tamasha Theatre Company writing for the Barbican Box. She’s been in a week’s development programme at the Barbican with six young actors and written a short play called Smile in collaboration with the National Archives.  Smile was shown at Rich Mix and was turned into a radio play. In 2017, Mel was also shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award for her play A Black Fella Walks into a Bar. In 2018/2019, Mel was awarded a place on the Hachette/Tamasha pilot scheme for aspiring playwright/novelists and is currently developing her first novel, The Corpse on Bute Street.  Mel was commissioned by the Belgrade Coventry Theatre and Tamasha to collaborate on a project which would have been available for Coventry’s City of Culture in 2021. Mel’s play, SEEDS, directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour and produced by Tiata Fahodzi, Leeds Playhouse, Wrested Veil, Tara Finney Productions and Soho Theatre had just commenced a national tour when lockdown halted production.

Elliot Clay trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. His credits as Composer/Lyricist include: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Off West End Award nomination), The State of Things (Jack Studio), Cinderella (Jack Studio) Our Season’s End (Arts Theatre), Macbeth (Off West End Award nomination), Neverland (Her Majesty’s Theatre, West End) Little Did I Know (Bread & Roses)  and Thomas (Network Theatre). As an actor, Elliot has appeared as John in Peter Pan (Winter Gardens Blackpool), Adam in The State Of Things (Jack Studio) 1st Cover Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet (No 1. UK Tour / West End / India Tour), and Vocalist in Elaine Paige’s 50th Anniversary Concert (Royal Albert Hall). His debut musical theatre album Millennials is released in Autumn 2020. The two debut singles have been streamed in over 70 countries worldwide and also on national radio.

The project is produced by the Jack Studio Theatre, and our project leader is Emmanuel Nwosu.

Emmanuel Nwosu is a producer who has produced regional touring productions including Ilé La Wà and Offies nominated Sweet Like Chocolate Boy.

We’ll be sharing more news with you as we go along!