CONNECT started at the Jack Studio in May 2020 when we received an ACE emergency grant to support the project. The project brings together theatre writers, directors and performers, associated with the Jack Studio, to collaborate with filmmakers and editors. CONNECT was a way of finding new stories and continuing to create at this time.

The Jack’s spaces are the backdrop for the project. The shorts take you into the rehearsal room, theatre, foyer, stairs and pub garden, and the writers took their inspiration from these spaces.

In September 2020, it was amazing to watch the theatre in action again and see the energy and talent that the different artists brought to the project. A very big thank you to everyone involved! 

To see the films please scroll below, where you can also meet the CONNECT team in our gallery.

CONNECT was made possible due to the kind support of ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
We’d also like to thank our friends & supporters who have donated to the Jack Studio Theatre’s survival fund.

Special thanks for CONNECT
to Peter Bond, Tom Green, Tom Attwood, Barra Collins, Michael van der Put & Greene King Brewery for their support.

To support the Jack Studio and its work, you can donate here. Thank you.

Ray and Doreen

by Mel Pennant


by Elliot Clay


by Lin Coghlan

This Place We Call Home

by Elliot Clay

Nadia’s Gift

by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu

Contains some strong language

Thank you to all the CONNECT creatives.

Produced by Kate Bannister & Karl Swinyard, The Jack Studio Theatre
Project Co-ordinator: Emmanuel Nwosu

CONNECT company: Mara Allen, Dan Armour, Pauline Armour, Aimee Louise Bevan, Sam Bland, Elliot Clay, Lin Coghlan, Franco Cuen, Chantelle Dusette, Damilola ‘DK’ Fashola, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, Lily Grimes, Selina Jones, Shade Joseph, Laurel Marks, Brendan O’Rourke, Matthew Parker, Mel Pennant, Bryan Pilkington, Pablo Rojo, Julia Stubbs, Tim Stubbs Hughes, Alfred Thirolle, Phil Underwood.