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please, we are not a theatre company

we are just covered in jam


Chris: Simpsons Artist.

"Should we not look to the first traces of imaginative activity as early in childhood?

The child's best loved and most intense occupation is with play or games. Might we not say that every child at play behaves like a creative writer, in that he creates a world of his own, or rather, rearranges the things of his world in a new way which pleases him?"

Sigmund Freud, "Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming", Vol 4 (1959).

Covered in Jam are obsessed with cynicism as much as we are obsessed with play.

Play – that childish thing which the adults among us sniff at, or at best, smile down towards – “oh bless them, look at them play”.

For us, play is creativity in it’s purest form and an essential characteristic of our work. Cynicism, meanwhile – mockery – the ability to hold a mirror up to the uglier side of things tessellates perfectly with this childish act of playful creation. 

These two fundamental concepts underly Covered in Jam as a collective and we recommend entering our work with no other expectation.

We are Sammy, Jake, Scott and Alexis: four fools who have found their purpose and resolute in creativity. Without any formal training or previous connections we have paved our way in the fringe theatre community by making work and facilitating space for such which challenges structure without apology. 

Between the four of us, we are queer, chronically disabled, working class and... Greek? Does that... does that count? 

we are now a registered community interest charity

One of our greatest interests is to bring about community through creativity. Alongside our internal projects we host regular scratch and variety nights in London to showcase new work and foster artist connections.


We are the creators of ★★★ anti-psychiatric satire "That's Not My Name" (CPT SPRINT & Brighton Fringe) now produced by ASYLUM ARTS (It's a Motherf*king Pleasure) and Brightmouth (Hole: Holly Spillar) and funded by Arts Council England, we look set to tour the Uk as a collective from April 2024 onwards. 


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