The Invisible Man
by HG Wells
adapted by Derek Webb
produced by Jack Studio Theatre
An invisible man is a man of power.
A mysterious man arrives at the local inn of a sleepy Sussex village, wrapped in bandages and wearing a false nose. Beneath the bandages is Griffin, a scientist desperate to reverse the twisted experiment that has rendered him invisible.
This strange visitor soon sets the locals’ tongues wagging, and when a spate of baffling burglaries occur, suspicions are aroused. Before long Griffin is on the run with a trail of villagers and police in pursuit, all desperate to do the impossible – to catch an invisible man.
This fun-filled and fast-paced adaptation by Derek Webb of HG Wells’s classic novel is produced by the same team behind the Offie-nominated and five star productions of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Kes, and Cinderella.
Press for this production
The Invisible Man is a gem… this wonderful story is chock-full of fifteen characters – excluding the titular Invisible Man – all brilliantly realised by a super-creative and multi-talented company of three actors undoubtedly putting the force into tour de force! This is a master class in extended acting and characterisation… a smart, tirelessly inventive telling of this enduring tale. ★★★★★ The Review Chap
With a cast of three playing 15 parts, there are a lot of quick changes, but each character becomes easily recognisable thanks to Martin Robinson’s costume design and the actors’ skill under Kate Bannister’s expert direction. The set and sound design (Karl Swinyard and Philip Matejtschuk) add to the magic…The cast are tremendous…They work together brilliantly, and the energy never drops in this fast-paced production. Witty, irreverent and charming, this Invisible Man is a must see. ★★★★ Fairy Powered Productions
all three actors are a delight – watching Matthew Parker shift from winking barmaid to saintly vicar to lascivious old sea salt is a joy; Shaun Chambers’ sequence playing two police constables and a chief constable in different hats in short order ditto; and Scott Oswald’s shift from respectable GP to shiftless tramp is a little masterclass in subtle body-language and accent shifting. The Jack’s been building for a few years now an alternative Christmas tradition of reworked classic stories (Baskervilles and Wolves of Willoughby Chase, for example), and long may they continue if it’s as much fun as this. ★★★★ London Pub Theatres
Director Kate Bannister takes so many risks but it all works seamlessly and hilariously – hand on heart, I don’t think I’ve laughed this much in a theatre all year… Bannister fits a huge story into the play and manages the balance between music hall fun and trace elements of the original more serious intent. Webb also deserves much credit for bringing out comic flavours that don’t detract from the adventure. The three actors work superbly as a team and tackle so much variety… They all pass with flying colours. The perfect Christmas fare from the Jack Theatre directed and played at speed by an energised trio-troop who fill out every part with comic conviction. ★★★★ ithankyou Theatre
this is a really fun-filled and highly amusing telling of The Invisible Man which in the opinion of both my companion and myself, made for an enjoyable non-traditional visit to the theatre over the Christmas period ★★★★ London Theatre 1
A trio of versatile actors and brisk and inventive direction make this a splendid Christmas treat… Webb has come up with a funny, and under Kate Bannister’s adept direction, fast moving show with some nicely defined characters for the cast to play…They could not be bettered. Add a neat set by Karl Swinyard and you have all the ingredients for a plum pudding seasonal treat. ★★★★ Reviewsgate
vividly and seamlessly brought to life… For some people, a panto at Christmas is the one thing, while for others, more ‘serious’ fare is preferred. The Invisible Man manages to tap into the best of both worlds, bringing seasonal mirth to a tale about the darker side of human nature.★★★★ Breaking the Fourth Wall
We’ve come to expect great things from the Brockley Jack team, and once again this production does not disappoint. Already a compelling story, this adaptation keeps us entertained and enthralled with its slapstick humour and just the right amount of playful audience engagement, but never detracts from the story’s more solemn themes. A thoroughly enjoyable alternative to the more traditional Christmas fare – get your hands on a ticket if you can. Theatre Things UK
a pure joy to watch, and allows for some festive escapism. Southwark News
Nominated for BEST COSTUME DESIGN Off West End Awards.
The Invisible Man
by HG Wells
adapted by Derek Webb
Director: Kate Bannister
Set Designer: Karl Swinyard
Lighting Designer: William Ingham
Costume Designer: Martin J Robinson
Sound Designer: Philip Matejtschuk
Assistant Director: Laurel Marks
Shaun Chambers, Scott Oswald, Matthew Parker