Theatre: making + directing

I have worked with a range of companies as a maker, director and dramaturg, including:

 

  • new writing and devised work

  • multimedia and immersive performances 

  • physical theatre

  • comedy and clowning

  • puppetry

  • aerial/circus work

 

My work draws on my theatre training with Jacques Lecoq and clown teachers, with an emphasis on playfulness, imagination and expressive simplicity.

 

For all theatre credits, see here.

Selected work:

 

Holy Presents by humanish (2015)

Thin Ice (2012)

This masterclass in modern stagecraft ought to be required viewing and I cannot recommend this performance enough. British Theatre Guide

 

It is rare to find such an erudite script realised with such clarity… clever, crisp writing. Not a word is wasted, not a movement or gesture. This is theatre craft of the finest standard. Fringe Review

 

Jonathan Young's brittle, blistering vision of the Arctic... as full of pathos as it is intrigue... taut storytelling and a magnetic cast draw you in… impossible to pull away.  Fest 

Reykjavik (2010) - Finalist for a Total Theatre Award

Disconcerting, absorbing and very moving. The List

 

Beautifully simple and effective… If Reykjavik was a movie it would have a cult following. Edinburgh Guide

Entering the performing space we are asked to don white suits like investigators at the scene of an accident. What follows has both an icy precision and the quality of a dream or a recurring nightmare. We move about the space as winds howl, shadows are illuminated and headlights glow... and at one point we don blinding goggles and grope our way in the dark. The Guardian

 

The visual and sensory impact complements Young's sensitive text. The Scotsman

Hysteria (2006) - dramaturgy for Inspector Sands

Total Theatre Award

One of the gems of the London International Mime Festival... Hysteria is a rib and mind-tickling delight. The Times

Even as you howl with laughter, you can’t help but feel the edge of genuine anguish that underlies the comedy cantrips. The Herald

A funny, innovative and at times disturbing exploration of how human beings hang on to their sanity. 
The Financial Times

Painfully real…the hilarious Hysteria deserves to win Inspector Sands and Stamping Ground a raft of new fans. The Metro

The Garden (2003-7) - Finalist for a Total Theatre Award

A small gem... worthwhile work that is both playful and poetic.  The Times

 

A quietly assured show, containing a superbly produced and acted script. Edinburgh Guide

 

Atmospheric, innovative, intelligent visual feast of a one-man show... Wonderful. Don't miss. Fringe Review

 

The script is both funny and tragic in all the right

places and the production is a lesson in how to use multimedia in theatre… a damn fine piece of work. Edmonton Vue, Canada

Contact: cjonathanyoung[at]gmail.com  +44 (0)7740 475 879