London theatre tends to attract a certain stigma: it's expensive and boring. But one inner-London establishment is changing the scene of fringe theatre; delivering performing arts to anyone and everyone.
The Brockley Jack Theatre is a pub with a difference: it offers the usual liquid refreshment and food, but it also plays host to a myriad of theatrical performances, comedy shows, films and local events. After a recent refurbishment the Brockley Jack Theatre (or 'The Jack' to locals) was re-launched by the theatre's in-house company Southside Arts.
Over the next few months, Brockley's fringe theatre will be hosting new and established productions. During October patrons can watch Shakespeare's comedy 'Twelfth Night' or if you fancy something more serious there's '1867', a story inspired by the first female, African-American millionaire. Average ticket prices are £12 for adults, £9 for concessions.
For budding scriptwriters and thespians, the Brockley Jack Theatre, with the help of Lewisham Arts Service, have launched a brand new season of theatrical productions. All the plays submitted will be written, directed and acted by writers and theatre companies who are either local to the area or have a strong link to the South East London area.
If you could do without the Monday night slump that comes after a heavy weekend of partying, why not go to the pub for a movie and a meal? The Jack's Monday Film Club is cheaper than the local Odeon and screens national and international films of the non-Hollywood blockbuster genre. If you're into Indie cinema and flicks that made the Sundance Festival shortlist, then you can join the film club for £25 a year. Tickets for screenings cost £6 for non-members and £3 for members.
Brockley itself is a modest urban village in zone 2, only 12 minutes away from London Bridge and 16 minutes from London Victoria (both by train). The pub sits on Brockley's high street, not far from Crofton Park and Brockley railway stations.