(Photograph supplied by Alex Rumford)
The building is home to a 160 capacity theatre, a large scale dance and rehearsal studio, a cafe-bar and four other multi-purpose spaces. Jacksons Lane is a theatre, a centre for participation, and a space for new circus theatre companies and artists to create and perform.
The venue has a rich history of innovative work including a wealth of experimental visual theatre companies, as well as a strong history in contemporary dance and circus. Established names and companies such as Complicite, The Mighty Boosh, Shared Experience, Stephen Merchant, Out of Joint and Frantic Assembly have all performed or developed work at Jacksons Lane, and Matt Lucas and David Walliams (Little Britain) performed their first ever show as a duo at Jacksons Lane.
Lately it has forged a strong identity for producing and promoting contemporary circus work and supports some 20 companies a year.
Five Jacksons Lane-supported companies were shortlisted for the pioneering Jeune Talents Cirques Europe in 2010, and was hailed as 'The Innovator' By Time Out London magazine.
Companies supported by Jacksons Lane include Mimbre, Sugar Beast Circus, German Wheel specialists Acrojou, Shunt founder Layla Rosa, Burlesque performer Roxy Velvet, Green Eyed Zero, aerialist Ilona Jantti and pioneering tight-wire performer Alana Jones. Partners include The Roundhouse, Circus Space, Crying Out Loud, The Place and Sadlers Wells.
Jacksons Lane has six spaces including its main theatre, as well as one of the largest and most striking dance and rehearsal spaces in the UK which combines contemporary cutting edge design with historical architecture.
The theatre itself won a RIBA Community Enterprise award for its design by Tim Ronalds Architects: ''Socially, aesthetically and technically the design offers inspirational lessons" (The Architects' Journal).
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