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Jonathan Holloway

Writer & Director
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Jonathan Holloway is best known as founder and Artistic Director of Red Shift Theatre Company, which has toured throughout the UK and beyond since 1982, having achieved Arts Council RFO status in 1990.  His work as a director, writer and teacher has been seen and heard all over the world and won numerous awards including three consecutive Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, the Shakespeare Prize at Chile’s World Festival of Theatre and in 2013 a First Prize at the Prix Italia for his BBC radio version of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

He has directed events ranging from touring circus to pocket musicals to landmark reinventions of the classics; run companies and venues; written over 50 professionally produced plays; collaborated with some of the most important writers, designers and composers in British theatre. His writing is frequently revived by other directors here and abroad, and has been translated into Spanish and Cantonese.

Jonathan has contributed a huge body of work to BBC Radio 3 & 4, the world’s most prolific broadcasting outlet for quality drama.  His first radio was an audio realisation of an original 1992 self-penned musical theatre piece made with film composer Adrian Johnston.   Most recently Jonathan co-authored The Real George Orwell season of new plays and adaptations for Radio 4.  Jonathan’s original work tends to trade on a hallmark collision of high tragedy and low comedy, as represented in his poignant drama Old Spies’which starred John Nettles, Clive Swift and Eleanor Bron, and sometimes aims for a very dense audio soundscape more reminiscent of a film score than traditional radio production styles.

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