An English and German-language theatre company in Hamburg, Germany specializing in plays, readings and staged (rehearsed) readings / Eine englisch- und deutschsprachige Theatergruppe in Hamburg, die sich auf Theaterstücke, Lesungen und szenische Lesungen spezialisiert
The Hamburg Players and The University Players will both be taking part in the FEATS Virtual Fringe Festival 2021 this weekend. I’ve acted in and directed plays for both groups.
I am very happy to announce that the lovely Steven Montero, who was in Couch Theatre’s staged reading of Further Than The Furthest Thing by Zinnie Harris, will be acting in the University Players’ contribution ‘Confab’ on Saturday, 15th May.
And I will be playing the part of Paul in ‘Until Next Time’ by Julia Claussen, directed by Valerie Doyle, for the Hamburg Players on Sunday, 16th May. This Zoom play also stars actors and actresses that you will probably recognize from our Couch Theatre readings or Couchcasts e.g. Carol Kloevekorn, David Earl, Joanna Thorn, Jocasta Godlieb and Madeleine Lange.
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.