What a catchy name for a theatre company, I thought as I designed a set of labels that came through our order stream. Oh – and theatre spelled in English? Even more surprising as my business base is in Hamburg. Is this order destined for abroad? Checked the address – it´s going to Hamburg, to a Mr Couch. What is he using the labels for? I have to investigate further.
After some contact ping-pong, a Covid-necessary phone call ensued. First fact, ´Couch Theatre´ was set up by Jason Couch, a Welshman who has resided in Hamburg for many years. He is a flight attendant by day.
Jason´s easygoing personality oozed through the phone, yet he also came across as a man with a mission. Jason was a relatively ´late starter´ on the stage – auditioning for the first time at 26. Given he now adds Actor, Director, Voice-Over Artist and Producer to his list of credits, he seems to have found his passion.
Jason´s language skills are noteworthy: he is a native English speaker, fluent in German, speaks conversational French, Italian and Spanish, and is learning Greek. Added to this is his command of dialects and accents: Welsh, Australian, South African, Austrian, Swiss along with some German dialects. Australian, really?
The second fact I learned was about the Couch Theatre concept. Jason himself explains:
The latest production, held on 7th and 8th September 2021 was award winning, one-woman play, entitled ´Iphigenia in Splott´ by Gary Owen, this time in English.
It is also worth mentioning (fact number three in my mission) that the venues for Couch Theatre are not permanent: they are sometimes re-purposed shop fronts, cafés or pubs. However they are intimate due to intentionally reduced capacity. Naturally refreshments are served, making for a real evening out.
My Name Label often donate to charities (good to know😉). Jason was the lucky recipient of one of these vouchers, which he of course put to good use labelling his scripts, in particular. As fortune would have it, I happen to see Jason in action comparing the Quiz at British Flair 2021. And my last quest? To check the authenticity of his Australian accent. Not bad!