Jonathan founded and was for 30 years Artistic Director of Arts Council funded company, Red Shift, with whom he won three consecutive Edinburgh Fringe Firsts and The Shakespeare Prize at Chile’s World Festival of Theatre. Theatre writing and direction ranges from traditional formats to crowd-embedded performance, pocket musicals, circus, landmark reinventions of classics and making new work founded in European visual and physical theatre traditions for Hong Kong and international touring. Jonathan has written copiously for BBC radio drama including a season of original plays for the Orwell centenary and a new adaptation of 1984, which won First Prize at the Prix Italia. New BBC plays have celebrated the Arthur Miller centenary and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Recent work as an adaptor, director and performer has included TALE OF TWO CITIES: BLOOD FOR BLOOD (Hong Kong and Edinburgh Festival), ambitious live site-specific Creation Theatre productions of his BBC versions of 1984 and BRAVE NEW WORLD, and a reimagining of DON QUIXOTE featuring two 007 obsessed struggling retirees. He is currently writing a new version of HG Wells’ THE TIME MACHINE, working in collaboration with scientists from The Wellcome Trust.
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