Tuesday 04th August

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Marriage
Photograph by Tim Stubbs Hughes

Marriage @ Jack Studio Theatre

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Another capacity crowd at the Jack Studio Theatre welcomed a new run of Gogol’s ‘Marriage’. Loaded with wisecracks from the start, the story, such as it is (translator Howard Colyer compares it to ‘Waiting for Godot’) is a grower. Sunny Jeon’s graphic-y design, de-constructed, Surreal, opens-up the space. You almost feel inside the setting whilst simultaneously looking-on. Is the same dichotomy shared by the players?

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Category: Comedy
Flight
David Bromley and Michael Edwards each deep in conversation. Photograph by Jonathan Bradshaw.

The Jack Studio Theatre: Flight

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Showing until February 1, 2014 // Ballast Theatre

It’s trademark setting-the-scene at the Jack as we part our way through dense smoke that actually smells smoky. A Rodchenko-style motif spills across the floor, the one constant element in this evening of clashing-coercing characters. The “dream-like quality of some of the passages” proves simultaneously startling and intoxicating, autumnal layers unpeeling like onion-skins, the dimly-lit stage remaining mostly dim. No dream but a nightmare fallow by shared truths of ‘humanity’ and serial metaphors of war. ‘Flight’ does, I imagine, accurately present the muddle and mess of conflict and its effect on communities and communal infrastructure. Howard Colyer as translator and adaptor together with director Scott le Crass succeed in sustaining its message.

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Category: Culture
Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji
Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji

The Jack Studio Theatre: Never Have I Seen Mount Fuji

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The wonderful Brockley Jack pub is barely recognisable since its refit and a lovely place to spend an evening. The advantage of seeing another top-rate play at the adjoining Studio Theatre is a true bonus! Or should that be the other way around! You decide. The theatre is currently showing three plays by Brixtonian Howard Colyer. A signature of the venue seems to be setting the scene and on this occasion we enter to crescending sounds of the sea…

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Category: Culture