Pack of Lies

by Hugh Whitemore

Based on a true story

How well do you know your neighbours? Couch Theatre’s rehearsed reading in English on 24th and 25th January 2020 at Hamburg Sprechwerk Theatre is a riveting play based on a true story in England in the early 1960s.

Venue: Hamburger Sprechwerk, Klaus-Groth-Str. 23, 20535 Hamburg (U/S-Bahn Berliner Tor)

Dates and times: 24th and 25th January 2020 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: €19,40 reduced 12,80 € (incl. booking fee) At the door: €21 reduced €13,50

from http://www.comfortticket.de or http://www.sprechwerk.hamburg

Couch Theatre first staged this production in February 2019.

Based on a true story.
The Jacksons are a nice middle-aged English couple. Their best friends are their Canadian neighbours, the Krogers. All is blissful in their world until a detective from Scotland Yard asks to use their house as an observation station to try and foil a Soviet espionage ring operating in the area. The Jacksons become more and more put out as Scotland Yard’s demands on them increase. Yet, they are really put to the test when the detective reveals that the Russian spies may be the Krogers, and asks them to help set a trap. Friendship and betrayal are at the heart of this thrilling drama. Who can they trust?

“This is a play about the morality of lying, not the theatrics of espionage, and, in Mr. Whitemore’s view, lying is a virulent disease that saps patriots and traitors alike of their humanity.” – N.Y. Times

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Wie gut kennen Sie Ihre Nachbarn?

Eine wahre Geschichte

1961. Die Jacksons, ein nettes englisches Ehepaar aus Ruislip, einem ruhigen Vorort von London.  Ihre beste Freude, die Krogers aus Kanada, sind ihre Nachbarn. Helen Kroger kommt fast täglich vorbei um eine Tasse Tee zu trinken und zu plaudern. Die Familien feiern auch gemeinsam. Alles ist gut in ihrer Welt, bis eines Tages ein Detektiv von Scotland Yard bittet um Hilfe und zwar möchte er, dass die  Jacksons ihr Haus zur Verfügung stellt um einen russischen Spionagenring zu überwachen. Die Jacksons werden entrüsteter als Scotland Yard immer mehr von ihnen verlangt. Sie werden auf die Probe gestellt als der Detektiv ihnen mitteilt, dass die Krogers die Spione sind und bittet den Jacksons eine Falle zu stellen. Sollen sie ihre beste Freunde verraten? Was würden Sie tun?

Jason Couch

Jason Couch, born and raised in the Rhondda Valleys, Wales, has lived in Hamburg, Germany since 1991. Although he has a wonderful job that takes him around the world, his main passion is the theatre. Although a very late starter, in 1996, at the age of 26 he finally auditioned for a play at the Hamburg Players and got the part of one of the main characters, Raymond, in the comedy Keeping Down with the Joneses by John Chapman and Jeremy Lloyd (of ‘Allo, ‘Allo fame).

After a few years acting and directing at the Hamburg Players , Jason decided to try his luck with the University Players and in his first play there was cast in the role of the director Lloyd Dallas in Michael Frayn’s ‘Noises Off’. Shortly after came ‘As You Like it’ by William Shakespeare and ‘The Actor’s Nightmare’, by Christopher Durang.

Jason was also asked to direct the University Players’ 20th Anniversary production. He decided it would be Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and he would be joined by co-director Rebecca Garron.

Jason was also a part of Rebecca Garron’s Rover Rep Theater, where he performed in Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy, A Chip in the Sugar by Alan Bennett and A Child’s Christmas in Wales and The Outing by Dylan Thomas.

After a long break in acting, Jason returned ‘home’ to the Hamburg Players and could be seen as Michael in God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza. He also directed Life and Beth by Alan Ayckbourn and then performed as Roger in A slight Accident by James Saunders.

FEATS THEATRE FESTIVALJason has participated at FEATS three times and won Best Supporting Actor once, and Best Actor twice. FEATS is a theatre festival held in a different European city each year and which is adjudicated by members of the UK’s Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GoDA) www.godauk.org.

The first time, in 1998 in Antwerp, Belgium, he directed Secrets by Giles Cole and had a small supporting role and was awarded the Adjudicator’s Discretionary Award for Best Supporting Actor.

The second time, in 2000 in Luxembourg, Jason was awarded Best Actor in The Actor’s Nightmare, by Christopher Durang. The very successful production won 4 major awards.

The third time, in Frankfurt, Germany in 2017, after a break of 17 years, Jason was awarded the Best Actor award for the role of Roger in A Slight Accident by James Saunders.

A selection of photos

The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang. Photo courtesy of the Hamburg Players
The Actor’s Nightmare by Christopher Durang. Jason Couch and Rebecca Garron. Photo courtesy of The Hamburg Players
Noises Off by Michael Frayn. Jason Couch and Nora Farrell. Photo courtesy of The University Players, Hamburg.
A Slight Accident by James Saunders. Photo courtesy of The Hamburg Players
A Slight Accident by James Saudners. With Valerie Doyle and Julie Spanswick. Photo courtesy of The Hamburg Players
Poster courtesy of The Hamburg Players
All the World’s a Stage. Opening party for Couch Theatre.
Performing All the World’s a Stage by W. Shakespeare. Couch Theatre Opening Party
A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas. Couch Theatre. Photo C. Lüneburg
A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas. Couch Theatre. Photo C. Lüneburg
Couch Theatre’s rehearsed reading of Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore. With David Duke and Valerie Doyle. At Sprechwerk, Hamburg.
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