Drama

TOPOKANA MARTYRS’ DAY.
A stage comedy concerning a famine relief team in Uganda.
Bush Theatre, London, 1983.
Five other productions inc. Salisbury, New York, Los Angeles and BBC World Service radio.
London theatre critics (‘Plays & Players’): Most Promising Playwright.

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FREDERICK II: FOUR CELEBRATED EXPERIMENTS.
A tragi-comedy about the life and scientific interests of the 12th century Emperor at his court in Sicily.

Public readings:
Bush Theatre, London, 1985.
Los Angeles Actors Theatre, 1985.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 1996.

DOWN THE TUBES.
A stage drama for a community theatre group, describing the misadventures of a wayward youth in the Edinburgh sewers.
First Base Theatre Co. at Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh 1996.

¡DIRIAMBA!
A play with songs about Scottish visitors to a Nicaraguan fishing community, and their
staging of an ancient myth.
Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh 1997.
Devised co-production with Teatro Nixtayolero (Nicaragua).
Scriptwriter and translator.
‘The Scotsman’: Fringe First award.

FREE ROPE. Enough To Hang Ourselves and Pikes and Patsies
Two short location-based plays commissioned by the Saltire Society for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
John Knox House, Edinburgh 1998.

RIVER OF DREAMS.
Book/lyrics for a children’s opera about the River Tay, with music by Gordon Murch.
Highland Perthshire schools group. Perth City Hall 1999.
Heart of Scotland Festival (Aberfeldy) 2000
Millennium Dome (London), 2000.

THE HUMMINGBIRD TREE
Feature film based on the 1969 novel by Ian McDonald, concerning children in Trinidad
at the time of the first Independence elections in 1946.
BBC Screen One 1990.

Directed by Noella Smith, produced by Gub Neale.
Starring Patrick Bergin, Susan Wooldridge, Desha Penco, Sunil J Ramjitsingh and
Tom Beasley.
Reims Television Festival 1993: Winner, Best Film.
Laon Film Festival 1993: Winner, Prix de la Ville de Laon.
Los Angeles and London Film Festivals 1993: official selection.

Responses

  1. Hola Jonathan saludes desde Nicaragua y de los Nixtayoleros que este año cumplimos 33 años en este hermoso camino del arte que compartimos contigo, saludes Robert Reed

  2. I remember seeing “Diriamba” at the Edinburgh Festival. There was a marvellous mix of big, up-front Latin American street theatre with Scottish trained actors, and some great songs – very enjoyable. Pleased to hear it won something.


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