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Homegrown Buckle Collective hits Hove Grown and Brighton Fringe with an experimental and playful new drama

At times moving, at times hilarious: At the Junction Cafe is a battle of the generations that explores relationships, memory and human communication in a highly innovative way.

Two people meet in a cafe. Who are they? Are they connected? Will a struggle of wills ensue?

This group of local professional artists (led by Charmaine K Parkin, including Nathalie Codsi and Jack Klaff), got together in November 2016. This, their first production, is the premiere of a play written by Tim Coakley.

“The team and I are really excited about the themes and theatricality that can be brought out in this piece. It breaks normal theatre conventions, which is at times quite scary. The contrast between this and the heart-felt subject matter is fascinating to watch.”

(Charmaine K Parkin, Director)

They plan to tour the play after the Fringe.

Cast and Creatives


Tim Coakley

After a long career teaching English in Brighton and abroad (India, Jamaica, Uruguay, Malta and Hong Kong) Tim Coakley is now retired. These days he writes and produces plays ('Death by Chocolate', 'Love and Mrs Higgins', 'Zip me up Darling'). 'At the Junction Cafe' is the first of his plays to be put on in his home town of Brighton.

The Director

Charmaine K Parkin

Charmaine graduated from the Acting and Contemporary Theatre, East 15. She created BOK Theatre and SISATA, for which she has directed four Shakespeare plays. Last year she adapted and directed ‘Tess of the d'Urbervilles’ which appeared in the Theatre Fest West before touring across the South, including settings linked to the novel. She is an associate theatre practitioner for Doppelganger Productions for which she has directed ‘The Murder Wife’, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, ‘The Weevil in the Biscuit’ and ‘HAP’. She directed ‘Macbeth 2070’ for Dramatic Productions, an international tour of ‘Sticks and Stones’ for Germany’s White Horse Theatre and a new writing piece for Juno Theatre.

The Cast

Café Bar, 1915 by William Strang (1859-1921)

Jack Klaff

Jack takes on the role of Mr Brockington


Jack’s first movie role was in 'Star Wars'.

His first television gig was an episode of 'The Sweeney' which also featured Morecambe and Wise.

And his London stage debut involving wild sex scenes led bizarrely to long seasons at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He read Law and Economics before seeking a different kind of justice - and another way of earning money - through storytelling.

As a writer/director, Jack's works have included ‘The Shakespeare Revue’ (West End), 'Maxim Shostakovitch' (HBO and Granada), 'Acid Test' (Granada Science), 'Reconstructed Heart' (Channel 4). He has written and performed on 'Bremner, Bird and Fortune' (Channel 4.) His pieces 'New Circus' (Channel Four) and 'Three-Five-Silly-Twerp' (Radio 3) were nominated for the Golden Rose at Montreux and a Tinniswood Award respectively. His most recent radio play, ‘Flying Backwards’, was broadcast in June 2012.

Jack has also written and performed in more than a dozen one-man shows. He has won two Fringe Firsts, the Jack Hargreaves Award for innovative TV Drama and, at the Edinburgh Festival, received the prestigious Herald Archangel Award 2010.

Jack has recently appeared as Gayev in Chekov’s 'The Cherry Orchard', at the Arcola Theatre.

Nathalie Codsi

Nathalie takes on the role of the waitress Catherine


Nathalie trained at City Lit on their advanced performance diploma, graduating in July 2013 with a distinction. She also completed the LAMDA summer school, and has workshopped with many award winning artists and companies such as Complicite (Annabel Arden), Bryony Kimmings and Theatre Ad Infinitum. She is fascinated by devising and new writing; as well as story telling in different ways. She has recently completed the Story Lab course with Jonathan Young, which inspired her to start writing her own play.

Nathalie enjoys playing and devising new work, has co-devised family shows ('Arnold’s Big Adventure', 'East of the Sun West of the Moon') and has recently played Zeinab in 'The Sting' at The Southwark Playhouse, and Esther in Brighton film 'Hello Sunshine'.


Thursday 30th & Friday 31st March

@ 7.30pm

Tickets available soon

6th - 8th May 2017


11/365 - Lonely coffee in a empty café - Photo by oalsaker on Flickr (cc)

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