Jonathan Holloway (Scroll down for full CV or return to Homepage)
"Jonathan Holloway: solid art extract" - The Sunday Times Magazine on Death in Venice
has developed a very idiosyncratic theatrical language which
is very effective... gritty, violent and bleak, and set in a
world that most of us will (thankfully) never know" - The British Theatre Guide on Get
Bartleby The Love ChildNicholas NicklebyJonathan Holloway
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2014: Following a 2013 Prix Italia First Prize for his BBC adaptation of Orwell's NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR Jonathan is adapting Samuel Johnson's RASSELAS for Radio 4 and Philip K Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP (the book which became the movie BLADE RUNNER), also for the BBC. In January BBC Radio 4 Extra re-broadcast Jonathan's adaptation of Vita Sackville-West's ALL PASSIONS SPENT and he has directed his own stage version of LES MISERABLES (pub Samuel French) with graduating students of Guildford School of Acting. He has been asked to write and direct two new productions for Hong Kong's Chung Ying Theatre Company to be staged in 2015 and 2016. These will be a revised and expanded version of his JEKYLL & HYDE and a vigorous new adaptation of A TALE OF TWO CITIES. Alongside this Jonathan continues his collaboration with Royal Holloway University of London, with whom he is creating an open access on-line archive of Red Shift Theatre Company's thirty years at the leading edge of UK theatre making.
2013: Jonathan's new take on JEKYLL & HYDE previewed in St Albans before being performed
at Assembly's Roxy at the Edinburgh Fringe where it won a tranche
of four and five star reviews (**** Creepily melodramatic
and beautifully realised The Times; ***** Bound
to win awards
It comes highly recommended British
Theatre Guide) before transferring to London's Southwark Playhouse.
In October Jonathan joined new independent producer Contextual
Theatre to direct Yazmina Raza's GOD OF CARNAGE.
Earlier in 2013 Jonathan co-authored 'The Real George Orwell'
season for the BBC inc the first radio adaptation of NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR ("Holloway's script is not
a typical adaptation. This is a menacing, violent satire that
encapsulates the horror of Orwell's writing like no other reworking
I have encountered" - The Independent, "gripping...
fully captures Orwell's vision" - Sunday Times), and two
original plays THE
REAL GEORGE ORWELL - LOVING and
THE REAL GEORGE ORWELL
- JURA. His personal
blog can be found on the BBC
website. He has
adapted the innovative verse novel THE EMPEROR'S BABE by Bernardine Evaristo for BBC Bristol. BBC Radio
4 Extra has re-broadcast Jonathan's 10 hour serialisation of CP
Snow's eleven novels collectively known as STRANGERS AND BROTHERS [see BBC iPlayer]. In May Hong Kong's Chung Ying
Theatre Company again revived Jonathan's dramatic stage adaptation
of LES MISERABLES. Jonathan directed his own three
hand version of WOYZECK
with students from
Peter Hall's Kingston University Classical Theatre MA at The Rose
Writing (examples of past work):: In 2011 Jonathan conceived, wrote and directed Red Shift's innovative crowd-embedded INVISIBLE SHOW II using wireless audio technology for the Latitude and Edinburgh Festivals in co-production with Pleasance Theatre ("Five stars are not enough for this polished, multifaceted, flawless, 24-carat rose diamond of a show" - WhatsOnStage.com). His OLD SPIES (BBC Radio 4) imagined former GCHQ employees on the threshold of dementia. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (review) was adapted for BBC Radio 3. GET CARTER (review) was revived by SP Productions for London's Courtyard Theatre and the Brighton and Edinburgh Festivals. Originally created for Connaught Productions, Jonathan's version of the Camoletti (of Boeing Boeing fame) farce CHANGING ROOMS ("the English version by Jonathan Holloway is cannily written and full of snappy one-liners" - Western Mail review) was revived for commercial touring by Ian Dickens Productions. Brighton based Revera Productions premiered JEKYLL & HYDE ("Opium dens, cholera epidemics and murder an abyss of unimaginable terror" - FilmNews.co.uk) at Hoxton's Courtyard Theatre, London, before it went on to successes in Edinburgh and at Southwark Playhouse. Jonathan's original site-sensitive THE FALL OF MAN (review) premiered in Edinburgh in 2009 and was later was revived by The Right Brain Project in Chicago. Jonathan directed his stage version of Malory's MORTE D'ARTHUR entitled THE QUEST at the Rose Theatre Studio, and his version of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY at the Ivy Arts Centre for GSA/Surrey University prior to publication by Samuel French. Scripts for Red Shift include THE DOUBLE, IN THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST (Edinburgh Fringe First, 1987), THE HAMMER (also recorded for BBC Radio 3), DEATH IN VENICE, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (also produced in Chile), LES MISERABLES (review) (pub. Samuel French), THE ASPERN PAPERS (review), NOSFERATU THE VISITOR, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY (review), THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY, the first stage versions of MORT D'ARTHUR, THE THIRD MAN, GET CARTER (review) (review) (review) (recently revived London, Sydney, Edinburgh) and VERTIGO (review) (review) - subsequently revived by Nottingham Playhouse and Oxfordshire Theatre Company. Jonathan's freelance theatre writing includes DARKNESS FALLS (review) (pub. Samuel French) for the Palace Theatre Watford, BECAUSE IT'S THERE (2000), ANGELS AMONG THE TREES (review) (2004) and A SENSIBLE WORLD (2005), all for Nottingham Playhouse. His writing for BBC Radio Drama includes fifteen episodes of the original daily serial POSTCARDS, a five episode series celebrating the cult TV show THE MAN FROM UNCLE, original ghosts stories and hard-boiled American-set thrillers, adaptations include stories by George Eliot, Willa Cather, Walter de la Mare, Heinrich Boll, Leo Tolstoy, Vita Sackville-West and Charlotte Bronte. The unusual range of his work in broadcasting embraces dramatisations of the entirety of C P Snow's eleven novel cycle STRANGERS AND BROTHERS, Christiaan Barnard's first successful human heart transplant, Evelyn Waugh's THE LOVED ONE, Andrew Motion's THE INVENTION OF DR CAKE, Olivia Manning's LEVANT TRILOGY and Goethe's FAUST.
Directing (examples of past work): Recent work includes the NJ Crisp thriller DANGEROUS OBSESSION and the classic farce CHARLEY'S AUNT for Edward Max's Connaught Productions at Frinton Summer Festival Theatre. Directed his own play THE QUEST (the Rose Theatre Kingston with students from the resident MA Classical Theatre course) and his own adpatations of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY and LES MISERABLES at The Ivy Arts Centre Surrey University with graduating students of GSA. Jonathan has worked across an unusually broad range of theatre-making from the innovative end of UK practice to commercial main stage production. His dynamic theatre-making is best summed up in four of Red Shift's keynote productions; a MORT D'ARTHUR which employed the first thorough-going integration of Capoeira (accompanied by Afro Brazilian music) seen on the professional stage in this country; a new translation, commissioned from Neil Bartlett, of Moliere's LE MISANTHROPE which employed the archaic Alexandrine verse form in a sumptuous version that delighted audiences here and abroad; Greg Cullen's original commissioned drama FRIDA AND DIEGO which drew on imagery from Kahlo's pictures to explore her tempestuous life; a modern brutalist rendition of the First Quarto Hamlet entitled HAMLET:FIRST CUT (review), played in Wayne Hemingway's Red or Dead clothes against a thunderous contemporary rock score. Jonathan founded Red Shift in 1982. Under his leadership it grew from a shoestring operation to become an Arts Council RFO and a linchpin of UK national touring provision. He has directed all but one of the company's nearly sixty shows. Freelance directing has included THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD in Ireland, LE MISANTHROPE in Boston USA and writing/co-directing GIFFORD'S CIRCUS. His work has toured to hundreds of theatres in the British Isles and traveled to North America, South America, the Near and Far East.
Other: Recently re-elected to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Participant Council. Contributes to various undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, and guest directs at universities and drama schools. Was for two years Associate Artist at Kingston University. Has travelled to Chile to lead EU sponsored workshops, was an elected member of the Board of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Advisory Panel of the National Campaign for the Arts, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2005 he was made an Honorary Fellow of St Mary's University College, London. He and Red Shift were resident at Central School of Speech and Drama's Centre for Excellence in Theatre Training, 2009-2011. Jonathan is regularly invited to talk about his work at conferences, universities and colleges, and has also travelled to America, S America and the Far East to do so. Broadcasting includes guest appearances on BBC Radio 4's A Good Read and sharing the bill with artist Grayson Perry on a feature about the Arthur Mee Children's Encyclopaedia.
Full CV for Jonathan Holloway
Writing (Commissioned, Produced
And Published Original Plays and Adaptations):
Education: COURSE TUTOR MA THEATRE DIRECTING
St Mary's University College 2009. LEADER OF MA/MFA THEATRE
DIRECTION PROGRAMME and LEADER WAYS OF DIRECTING BA UNIT Royal
Holloway College, University of London 2008-2009. VISITING LECTURER
BA UNITS WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE and THEATRE DIRECTION Middlesex
University 2007, HEAD OF PERFORMING ARTS Middlesex University
2007 - 2008. VISITING LECTURER UNIVERISITIES AND COLLEGES OF
ART 1990 onwards inc - Wimbledon, Central, Bristol, Kent, Westminster.
HEAD OF SECTION, PERFORMING ARTS Brooklands County College, Weybridge,
Surrey 1979 - 1989.
Direction (Theatre, Broadcasting
and Higher Education):
Other: Lighting Designer 1976-Present, clients inc Royal Court Theatre, Royal Court Young Peoples Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, National Student Drama Festival, Free Form Arts Trust, Chat's Palace, Cochrane Theatre, Bloomsbury Theatre, Red Shift Theatre Company, The Gate Theatre. Film and Video Maker working with disadvantaged young people in urban and secure settings.
"Jonathan Holloway's brilliant production makes such sense this brilliant tribute to a great novelist who was also a mighty campaigner for social compassion." - The Scotsman
"taut and wonderfully atmospheric" - The Guardian. Critic's Choice - The Independent. Critic's Choice - Time Out. "Visual genius and superb staging... a classic triumph, a superbly adapted masterpiece and a must-see theatre production" - BBC Radio 4
"Jonathan Holloway's adaptation glistened from the off and I was sorry when it ended" - The Guardian. "Bliss *****" - The Financial Times. "a splendid production outstanding" - The Daily Telegraph
"Holloway keeps it moving at such a lick that the emotional outlines emerge stark and clear, and as graphic as a streak of blood on a breezeblock wall." - The Scotsman