Good News for Jack Rooke

Wed 19 April 2017

Our pal Jack Rooke’s Good Grief spring tour kicked off in March with Soho Theatre and continues to 13 venues across the UK. A radio adaptation of the show was aired on BBC Radio 4 on March 16.

In 2015 Jack Rooke presented his debut hour Good Grief at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it received rave reviews and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award. The show was then a part of Soho Theatre’s inaugural Soho Rising season made up of work from their Young Company in 2016. Fast forward to the spring of 2017.

Off the back of its success Jack was also commissioned by the BBC to create Happy Man, a documentary series on male mental health for their mental health season and he was commissioned by Soho Theatre to write his next show, Happy Hour.

Happy Hour’s 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe run is on sale and on April 20 Jack’s BBC documentary series, Happy Man, went live on BBC Three. After a great start in Oxford, Jack’s Good Grief tour continues to Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester and Hull to name a few. Just four months in and 2017 is already looking great for our pal Jack.

“I am so excited to present three projects this year, a UK-wide live tour of my debut show GOOD GRIEF fresh from BBC Radio 4, which will take me to cities, towns and also the beaches of Margate where I hope people will come and see me and my 85-year-old Nan take on bereavement in Britain with buckets of biscuits. I’m also chuffed to present a three-part comedy-documentary series called HAPPY MAN on BBC Three out now on iPlayer, all about mental health, identity and body image. This series will showcase me trying alternative solutions other than talking, to try and improve the male mental health crisis, inspired by losing my mate Olly to suicide in 2015. It involves me getting naked in front of life drawers, going running with comedy-award winner Richard Gadd and dragging up as queen alter-ego “Amber Dextrous” outside HMP Pentonville! And finally I’m chuffed to announce my follow-up live show HAPPY HOUR, a commission from Soho Theatre which we will take to the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. It’s a show set in my favourite student / gay / wanky-gentrified-dangly-lightbulb pubs which showcases a brotherly love letter I’ve written about friendship, failure and fabulous dancing. I couldn’t be more excited for this spring/summer!”

See all Good Grief tour dates here
Watch the BBC documentary here
Buy tickets for Happy Hour in Edinburgh here

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