Couch Theatre is a professional English and German-language theatre group founded by Jason Couch in 2018. It is the only theatre group in Hamburg specializing in readings and stage (rehearsed) readings.

What is a stage reading?

A stage reading (also known as a rehearsed reading) is a form of theatre which involves the actors reading an entire play on a stage with only their scripts and very little in the way of set. Mostly, there is just the actors and music stands. The audience listens to the play much like they would when they listen to a radio play. Over the last few years it has gained a lot of popularity, due to its simplicity and effectiveness.

Couch Theatre ist ein professionelles englisch- und deutschsprachiges Theater, gegründet von Jason Couch in 2018, und das Einzige in Hamburg, das sich auf Lesungen und szenische Lesungen spezialisiert.

Was ist eine szenische Lesung?

Eine szenische Lesung ist eine Theaterform, bei der die Schauspieler ein ganzes Theaterstück auf der Bühne einfach lesen. Normalerweise gibt es wenig oder gar kein Bühnenbild. Nur die Schauspieler und Notenständer mit den Texten. Für das Publikum ist es als ob man ein Theaterstück im Radio hört. Szenische Lesungen werden durch ihre Einfachheit und Wirksamkeit immer beliebter.

Info: Couch Theatre Logo by Alexander Rühl based on a drawing by Martin Scheibe. All artwork (posters/flyers) by Alexander Rühl. All photos by Conrad Lüneburg, Herwig Lührs, Henrik Zawischa, Martin Scheibe and Jason Couch.

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.


Jason has participated at FEATS three times and won three awards. 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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