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Jonathan Holloway

JONATHAN HOLLOWAY

  (1955 - )

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Berlin Associates  represented by Rachel Daniels

Jonathan founded and was for thirty years Artistic Director of Arts Council revenue company, Red Shift Theatre Co, with whom he won three consecutive 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 most recently making new work founded in European visual and physical theatre traditions for Hong Kong and international touring. Jonathan has written over a hundred hours of radio including a season of original BBC plays for the Orwell centenary and a new adaptation of 1984, which won a First Prize at the Prix Italia, two new plays to celebrate the Arthur Miller centenary and he is on commission to write the BBC's signature radio drama to be broadcast on 23rd April 2016, the anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

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        Angels Among the Trees         Aspern Papers         Bartleby         Because It's There         Caravan         Changing Rooms         Christmas Carol, A         Crime And Punishment         Dark, The         Darkness Falls         Death In Venice         Double, The         Eclipsed         Fall Of Man, The         Fated         Get Carter         Hammer, The         In the Image Of the Beast         Invisible Show, The         Jekyll & Hyde         Legend Of King Arthur, The         Les Miserables         Man Who Was Thursday, The         Monkey's Paw, The         Much Ado About Nothing         Nicholas Nickleby         Nosferatu: the Visitor         Railway Siding, The         Third Man, The         Vertigo



Angels Among the Trees

Synopsis:
the saga of 87 settlers who battled forth from Missouri in 1846 with high hopes of prosperous future out West. Misled by bad advice, they hit the mountains at the worst time, becoming trapped in snowstorms. Half die. Several who survived resorted to cannibalism

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1st Produced:
Nottingham Playhouse >>>    05 Jun 2004

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Play/Drama

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Aspern Papers

Synopsis:
A literary historian tries to trick an old woman into handing over letters from a dead, great American poet. Published 1888.

Notes:
From book by Henry James

1st Produced:
St Albans: Maltings Arts Centre    17 Apr 1998

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Bartleby

Synopsis:
Bartlby refuses to work - "I would prefer not to". Finally lets himself waste away in prison.

Notes:
from story by Herman Melville. Adapted by larry Lane and Jonathan Holloway

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Because It's There

Synopsis:
Icy stage work about Mallory and Irvin's doomed 1924 everest expedition

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1st Produced:
Nottingham Playhouse >>>    03 Nov 2000

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Caravan

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-    2008

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Changing Rooms

Synopsis:
Bernard, recently appointed as a high flying government official, is desperately trying to get some time alone with his mistress, Brigitte. Jacqueline, his wife, is desperately trying (in between crashing the car and buying antiques) to get some time alone with her lover Robert. Nana, their housekeeper, is desperately trying to get a quiet weekend in her employers' apartment - without her employers! When each of them think they have managed to get rid of the others, they all set about fulfilling their heart's desire - with predictably hilarious results. Set in the stylish world of 70's Parisian society, this fast-moving farce will leave audiences breathlessly delighted!

Notes:
Original Playwright - Marc Camoletti

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adaptation

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Christmas Carol, A

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Based on the book by Charles Dickens

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Crime And Punishment

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Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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-    1994

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Dark, The

Dark, The
the perils of ambition lie at the heart of this supernatural tale. a successful novelist who has committed himself wholeheartedly to furthering his career meets his Mephistopheles and is dispatched to an uncertain and sinister fate.

Notes:
Part of Darkness Falls

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Samuel French, London >>>   978-0573100024

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One act

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Darkness Falls

Darkness Falls
Mesmerising double-bill of stories from the beyond. Hugely entertaining the genuinely scary, you'll be transfixed. the wind howls outside a lonely cottage as an old friend tells of his travels in the east. Why is he so uneasy - does the strange charm he carries really hold magical powers? adapted from W W Jacobs' 'the Monkey's Paw', this classic ghost story is followed by a real teaser - 'the Dark' - a retired Cambridge Don gathers his former students on a stormy New Year's eve. But sinister purpose lurks behind the smiling facade

Notes:
comprises of the dark And Monkey's Paw

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Samuel French, London >>>   978-0573100024

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2 One acts

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Death In Venice

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Notes:
From Thomas Mann

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Double, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
From Dostoevsky

1st Produced:
Bridge Lane, London    1986

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Eclipsed

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Fall Of Man, The

Synopsis:
Using the words of John Milton's "Paradise Lost" this is the exploration of an extra-marital affair between an au-pair and her employer

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Fated

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east end Theatre Group

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Get Carter

Synopsis:
London gangster Jack Carter returns to his northern hometown to investigate his brother s death. He cuts a swathe through the local low life, and soon exposes a network of corruption. Hell-bent on revenge, will Jack find his man before his number s up? Red Shift presents the first ever stage adaptation of Ted Lewis's Seventies story which launched the cult movie, Get Carter. A hard-boiled, quintessentially British thriller offering an enthralling and compulsive take on post-summer-of-love Britain - robust and absorbing, this is theatre at its best.

Notes:
From novel by Ted Lewis (represented by Toby Eady Associates, 9 Orme Court, London W2 4RL)

1st Produced:
Tunbridge Wells: Trinity Theatre And Arts Centre    06 Oct 2005

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  doubling

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Hammer, The

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1st Produced:
BAC , London >>>    1991

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In the Image Of the Beast

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1st Produced:
Warehouse Theatre Croydon, London    1987

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Genre:
Sci-Fi Play

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Invisible Show, The

Synopsis:
the Invisible Show is a live theatre event embedded in the crowd, almost invisible, but audible via wireless headphones

Notes:
based on the novElla by Robert Louis Stevenson

1st Produced:
Fifth Latitude Festival , Henham Park Estate In Suffolk    15 Jul 2010

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Piece

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Jekyll & Hyde

Synopsis:
Fringe First award-winning writer Jonathan Holloway and Flipping the Bird in association with festival favorites Red Shift return to Edinburgh with Jekyll & Hyde. Classic tale, new twist. Wandering through Southwark, the respectable Utterson and decadent enfield stumble upon a door, ajar. the grimy threshold leads them into the criminal underworld of London's dark press and the mysterious researches of Dr Jekyll. Fusing live music, black comedy and grotesque cabaret, this late night show will leave you feeling titillated, tainted and unclean.

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1st Produced:
Downstairs - Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe    31 Jul 2013

Organisations:
Flipping the Bird / Red Shift

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Genre:
short play

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Legend Of King Arthur, The

Synopsis:
Do not expect a cosy rendition of a tale made familiar through repetition. This Camelot is a sleek world of a modern-day corporation and battle scenes will be enacted through the martial art-form Capoeira to an eclectic original soundtrack. embracing the legend's passion, spirituality and violence, exploring themes of sin, redemption and betrayal.

Notes:
music byJon Nicholls

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adaptation

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Les Miserables

Synopsis:
Hugo's passionate, epic tale of social injustice, class conflict, love and revolt is brought to exciting theatrical life in this intense adaptation. Using conventions of "Poor theatre" - small cast; simple, flexible settings; clear, uncluttered storytelling; strong political sensibility - the play follows its many vividly-drawn characters through a story spanning several years with pace and economy.

Notes:
book by Victor Hugo

1st Produced:
Arts Centre, Eastbourne, East Sussex    12 May 1997

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London >>>   978-0573018800

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  9            Female:  3            Other:   or M4 F3 with doubling

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Man Who Was Thursday, The

Synopsis:
a surreal thriller set in London at the turn of the century. the story, moving from action adventure to high-octane farce with a touch of nightmare terror just under the surface, is considered by many to be Chesterton's masterpiece. Our hero, Gabriel Syme, an undercover detective, infiltrates a secret council of revolutionaries, named after the days of the week. the group, led by the grotesque Sunday is dedicated to the destruction of society. Syme, posing as an anarchist, is voted in as the new Thursday and sets out to foil their plans and single handedly save his world.

Notes:
novel by G K Chesterton

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Genre:
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Monkey's Paw, The

Monkey's Paw, The
the perils of ambition lie at the heart of this supernatural tale. In the Monkey's Paw a working-class family in the 1940s is granted three wishes, all of which come true, but in a macabre and unexpected way.

Notes:
from short story by W W Jacobs. Part of Darkness Falls

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London >>>   978-0573100024

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Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis:
after civil war Messina seems to have returned to peace with few casualties and a courtship holds the promise of reconciling the battle of the sexes in a well matched wedding. But the reconciliation's have been too hurried and soldiers can't return to the civilian world overnight.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Shakespeare

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Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby
Red Shift's production of Nicholas Nickleby breathes fresh life into Dickens' classic story. Retaining the wit and wisdom of the novel, the production is by turns hilarious and deeply moving. It relocates Nicholas's adventures to Britain in the 1950s; the story-tellers are a spectral ensemble - ghosts of Ralph and Squeers' past victims. This framing gives the story a Dramatic drive and a sharp contemporary resonance and rediscovers the punch that made Dickens famous in his time as a serious social commentator as well as a master storyteller. Nicholas Nickleby is newly employed as a teacher at Dotheboys' Hall in Yorkshire thanks to his manipulative and avaricious uncle Ralph, a businessman. there he witnesses the cruel treatment of boys at the hands of despotic headmaster Wackford Squeers and his wife. In coming to the defence of one boy, Smike, Nicholas assaults Squeers. Thinking he has killed him, he escapes with Smike to London and on to Portsmouth where the pair join the Crummles theatre Company. Ralph uses Nicholas's sister Kate as bait further to ensnare a young and wealthy lord who is already in his debt. Learning of the abuse Kate has been exposed to, Nicholas goes to London and her aid, but even greater dangers lurk around the corner. With flexible casting requirements, this stunning adaptation of Charles Dickens's third novel toured the UK in 2001 and 2002 in a production by Red Shift theatre Company.

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Based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Music - Jon Nicholls

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Samuel French, London >>>   978-0573113154

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  with doubling

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Nosferatu: the Visitor

Synopsis:
a vampire stalks the bomb damaged ruins of 1940s London

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also known As "Nosferatur the Visitor". Based on "Dracula" by Bram Stoker

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Genre:
thriller

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Railway Siding, The

Railway Siding, The
Out of work, out of luck, and out of favour with his wife, architect Jack Webb retreats to a cottage in Wales to concentrate on a new design project for a friend's business. With the deadline imminent, Jack takes the overnight train from Haverfordwest back to London to deliver his drawings. On the otherwise deserted train Jack encounters first an unusually friendly guard and then an aloof and otherworldly woman, Hope Cairns, who has just abandoned a planned rendezvous in Milford with a lover, also named Jack. When Hope suddenly disappears, and the guard reveals her story, we discover that Jack's journey is not all it seems. the Railway Siding is a stunningly crafted, highly atmosphEric play in one act.

Notes:
BBC Radio 4 12 Nov 2009

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London >>>   978-0573122293

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Genre:
play one act

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Male:  5            Female:  1            Other:  doubling possible

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Third Man, The

Synopsis:
1948, Vienna - once the jewel of the european crown - reels from invasion, reduced to a hellish dreamscape of ruins. the city is divided into sectors, each controlled by an allied power - england, America, France and Russia - and there isn't a Nazi to be found. the war may be over but what follows doesn't feel like peace. In the chaos of liberation, black-marketeers run rings around the occupying forces. Disappearances and murders are commonplace as refugees and members of the old order jockey for position, reinventing themselves with false identities. Naive pulp novelist Rollo Martins arrives in Vienna to meet up with his old school-friend Dr Harry Lime, only to learn that he has been killed in a car accident. as he tries to unravel events around his friend's death, Martins is sucked into a world of corruption where racketeers play god as they traffic in essential drugs and medical supplies. Martins follows a macabre trail of intrigue, violence, and murder relentlessly pursuing the shadowy presence of 'the third man'.

Notes:
from the novel by Graham Greene

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Vertigo

Synopsis:
For the final instalment in its trilogy of shows based on the original sources that inspired landmark films (the previous two being 'the Third Man' and 'Get Carter') Red Shift has turned to the classic French crime novel behind Hitchcock's iconic psychological thriller. Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac's 'D'entre les Morts' (1954) juxtaposes the occupation of France by the Nazis with the story of the possession of a man's mind by the idea that the woman he loved has been reincarnated. In Jonathan Holloway's elegant stage adaptation, the tale unfolds as part of a lecture given by French psychiatrist Dr Jacques Ballard. Ballard introduces this case study of 'personal psychosis' before whisking us off in imagination to the sanatorium where his patient Roger Flavieres has taken refuge. there he gradually begins to re-enact with Flavieres the events that have caused his mental dissolution. as they talk, the source of his madness, the appropriately named Madeleine, rises spectrally from a closed. coffinlike bath. It's a splendid coup de theatre, evocatively accompanied by Jon Nicholls' haunting widescreen music.
Robert Shore, Time Out London

Notes:
from novel D'entre les Morts by Pierre Boileau And Thomas Narcejac

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Organisations:
Red Shift Picture House III

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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