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"Orwell published 1984 in 1949 but Jonathan Holloway's reboot feels frighteningly contemporary, and not just in the clothing, technology and dialogue." 5 stars The Oxford Mail
European Performances in English in association with
Red Shift Theatre Productions and Seabright Productions
In 2016 Jonathan created this new work for Hong Kong's renowned contemporary producer, Chung Ying Theatre Company. The show played first at the amphittheatre in HK then transferred for 3 ½ weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016, playing in one of the Festival's premiere spaces, Pleasance Beyond. The show delivered watertight narrative within the esoteric frame of 100 empty identical upright chairs and featured dialogue and choral song split between amplified and acoustic voices. Jonathan wrote, directed, lit and appeared in the show.
NOUSE.com ***** "ordered rows of chairs line the stage, with microphones and lights at their sides... an expert control of atmosphere; the play's focus is dramatic, not historical far outstripped my expectations"
Edinburgh Fringe Review. #2. ***** " incredible piece of theatre that is both flawlessly acted and beautifully staged. It left me with teary eyes it is truly wonderful."
Litro Arts Magazine. " It's a masterclass in literary adaptation, and a more powerful and emotional experience than I've ever had reading a Dicken's novel."
The Scotsman **** "Jonathan Holloway's version, for theatre company Red Shift, pares it down to 90 minutes of short, punchy scenes delivered by an ensemble of seven, while keeping its themes and essence intact energy and commitment driven by a terrible personal revenge ruthless, grief-stricken... a slick production strongly performed."
The List (Scotland's Weekly Arts Magazine) **** " works on a scale rarely glimpsed at the Fringe. Rows of chairs - symbolising the dead of the revolution- surround the cast, with Holloway himself playing a senile 'hero of the revolution' at the centre."
TVBOMB Scotland's Arts and Cultue. **** "bold direction and superb acting... Holloway's production is not to be missed."
EdinburghGuide.com **** "the way it is done with its noir look and its cloak and dagger feel, it comes across as more of a le Carré than a Dickens."
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine **** "go and see Jonathan Holloway's refreshing production of a Tale of Two Cities Rows of chairs create the streets, passages, and rooms that the scenes take place in. A pair of shoes under each chair is a poignant reminder of lives lost A beautiful, emotional and thoughtful production"
The Reviews Hub **** "striking images, sounds and atmosphere the story's core themes of revenge, passion and sacrifice shine through thrillingly Voices echo from the back of the stage, haunting music punctuates the action and subtly changing lighting takes us to dark places a vivid and stirring reimagining "
FringeReview.com HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SHOW "fascinating, surreal, looks stunning and cleverly weaves Dickens' characters through modern times split second timing, listening and collaboration beautifully designed a substantial piece of theatre, detailed and as mysterious as the original sincerely performed in an innovative theatrical style by a dynamic ensemble with an emotional range could fit in to international theatre festivals or stand on its own produced in a discerning theatre anywhere. It's that good!"
JEKYLL & HYDE
influenced by Cantonese Opera for Hong Kong & London.
"an atmospheric wonder. This is a great show. " - HK Magazine
"Holloway cuts open the skin of a controlling and repressive society to reveal the wounds festering inside. The spectre of a semi-naked, hysterical and murderous Hyde, oozing blood from her bandaged breasts in the final scene makes for a compelling metaphor of Victorian society, stripped of its aura of refinement and respectability." - The China Daily, Asia
"Jekyll & Hyde is a complex, multilayered and gripping drama... intense but accessible, with strong performances... Olivia Winteringham excellent in her dual title roles, seductive one minute and ruthlessly cruel the next." - South China Morning Post
£2,500,000.00+ awarded in public subsidy
300+ venues visited in the UK, Ireland, S America, N Africa & Far East
600 working contracts to actors and other artists employed
100+ companies (2,900 performances) hosted in our Edinburgh Festival venue
80+ productions directed
70 plays and series/serials written (broadcast or performed)
65 productions lit
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.
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.
Guardian interview with James Purefoy, lead in the HBO series 'Rome': "He showed me a lot that I still carry with me today; he was my big inspiration" - The Guardian
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