Established in 2011 with the purpose of allowing the playwright John Godber to continue expressing himself through the dramatic form.
After having seen how the board of a theatre can destabilise a company John and his playwright/director/actor wife, Jane, decided to create their own company in order to keep control of their work without the meddling hands of a theatre board who had scant or no theatrical experience.
As Artistic Director Godber had steered Hull Truck from bankruptcy in 1984 to the West End, an international reputation and finally a purpose built £15million theatre which he helped design and raise the money for, which opened in 2010. Shortly after the new theatre had opened the then Artistic Director, Gareth Tudor Price, was made redundant, and Godber, in a gesture of support to his long time friend and artistic colleague, left Hull Truck, after a relationship of twenty six years.
The John Godber Company, which has a base in East Yorkshire has a number of production outlet opportunities; currently they work on the middle scale with Theatre Royal Wakefield, where they are touring Shafted!
The are currently involved on the small scale with Hull University Drama Department and East Riding Council with a tour of Ruby and the Vinyl by John and Elizabeth Godber.
And the company is also involved with Hull New Theatre in two bespoke productions of Bouncers and Men of the World, as well as developing other partnerships in the future.
JGC also has a production partner in the ERT in Beverley and have further plans in 2016.
The John Godber company believes in putting the artist at the centre of the theatrical creative process.