Tackroom Theatre, which is supported by the Pureland Foundation, was established by its artistic director Abbey Wright. It aims to create a rich programme of new work from the UK and abroad and to present revivals of works that speak to the moment.
Tackroom Theatre’s most recent production is Why is the Sky Blue? at the Southwark Playhouse, which explores the way youngsters aged six to 22 experience online pornography and how this makes them feel about love and their own identity.
Previous works include Prairie du Chien and Lakeboat, both by legendary playwright David Mamet, and Mrs Lowry and Son by BAFTA-nominated Martyn Hesford. Tackroom is about to produce Hesford’s latest play – The Glass Supper – at the Hampstead Theatre.
Wright was resident assistant director at the Donmar Warehouse for 18 months from 2008-9, during which time she worked with such notable directors as Michael Grandage, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Herrin, Peter Gill, Sean Holmes, Jamie Lloyd and John Tiffany. She was staff director to Danny Boyle on Frankenstein at the National Theatre 2010-11.
Tackroom partners with local schools and colleges to deliver bespoke workshop programmes. It has worked with young people in schools, colleges, youth theatres and pupil referral units.
The company offers students the opportunity to engage with workshops designed for them, delivered by theatre professionals, and offers free tickets to productions for partner students.
Tackroom is passionate about its work, particularly the opportunity to enable young people to experience their first night at the theatre.