Jon Brittain

Playwright and writer for radio and television

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Biography

Jon Brittain is a playwright, comedy writer and director. His plays include Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho, The Wake, Phillipa and Will are Now in a Relationship, The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo and My Imaginary Friend Patrick Stewart.

He directed comedian John Kearns' Fosters Newcomer Award-winning show Sight Gags for Perverts and the Fosters Award-winning Shtick.

He has written for Radio 4's The Now Show, Comedy Huha's Ted or Dead, Cartoon Network’s BAFTA and Emmy award winning The Amazing World of Gumball, and was one of twelve writers out of 3000 to be selected for the Channel 4 Screenwriters Course. 

He was associate director to David Grindley on Outings and Hanna Berrigan on Potted Sherlock, both at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe.

He created the sci-fi theatre night Blast Off!, the scratch night Brain of Brittain, has worked extensively with Old Vic New Voices, and was one of the Theatre503 Five and a member of the Royal Court Studio Group.

He is currently writing the musical How to Stop Being Fat and Start Being Happy with composer Harry Blake for Tim Johannson and Mark Cartwright, is producing another season of Brain of Brittain at The New Diorama, and is developing several projects for TV and radio both on his own and with co-writer Suzi Ruffell.


CV

Theatre

Writer

 

A one man play about bulimia.

Theatre 503
 
Starring
  • Nick Kay
  •  
    A bittersweet story of loss told from the perspective of the family dog
    Latitude Festival
     
     

    Full length play about who you are and where you belong.

    Theatre 503
     
    Director Jon Brittain & Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Sam Donnelly
  • Paul Joseph
  • Fiona Skinner
  • Claire Timmins
  •  
    Short play presented as part of Shhhh.... by the 503Five
    Theatre 503
     
    Director Alex Brown
    Starring
  • Lydia Larson
  • Matt Milne
  • Joseph Radcliffe
  • Iris Roberts
  •  
    Short play, part of The Miniaturists 33
    Arcola Theatre
     
    Director Lisa Cagnacci
     
    Short play, part of This Year it Will be Different, a collection of New Year's plays
    Theatre 503
     
    Producer The Kevin Spacey Foundation
     
    Specially edited version of Richard III, used as part of workshops run by the Kevin Spacey Foundation
    Worldwide Tour
     
    Producer The Faction Theatre Company
     
    Part of a team of writers for The Faction Theatre Company's new adaptation of Schiller's Demetrius
    New Diorama Theatre
     
    Producer Box of Tricks Theatre
     
    Short play, part of Box of Tricks' Farewell to London show
    Yard Theatre
     
    Producer Misshapen Theatre
     
    Short play as part of Blast Off, an evening of sci-fi drama
    Theatre 503
     
    Producer Lucy Jackson
    Director Natasha Nixon
    Starring
  • Samuel Donnelly
  • Helen Duff
  • Michael Lyle
  •  

    Comedy about the world of internet dating

    Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Festival
     
    Producer Tara Wilkinson
    Director Nathalie Ibu
    Starring
  • Nicholas Lawson
  • Joshua McCord
  • Helen Millar
  • Amy Morgan
  •  
    Comedy play in reaction to the Old Vic's A Flea in His Ear
    Old Vic, Time Warner Ignition
     
    Producer Lucy Jackson
    Director Jonathan Brittain & Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Jack Swain
  • Alice White
  •  

    Comedy following a relationship played out on Facebook

    Upstairs at Three and Ten, Brighton Fringe Festival
     
     
    Short play, part of Fifteen, The Space's fifteenth anniversary celebrations
    The Space
     
    Director Lotte Wakeham
    Starring
  • Nick Banks
  • Lucy Benson-Brown
  • Anna Maguire
  •  
    Short play written for the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange
    The Vineyard Theatre, New York
     
     
    Play for teenagers
    RADA
     
     
    Translation and adaptation
    National Theatre Studio
     
    Director Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Nicholas Banks
  • Vivienne Bell
  • Theo Chester
  • Paul Heath
  •  

    Play created as part of the Old Vic, New Voices 24 Hour Plays

    Old Vic
     
     
    Rehearsed reading
    Soho Theatre
     
    The Wake
    Judges Award For Comedy - National Student Drama Festival
    Director Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Ashley Booth
  •  
    One man play about family secrets spilling out at a wake
    NSDF, Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh. New Diorama, London.
     

    Director

    John Kearns: Shtick
    Foster's Comedy Award 2014
    Writer John Kearns
     
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014, Soho Theatre
     
    John Kearns: Sight Gags for Perverts
    Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2013
    Writer John Kearns
     
    Soho Theatre
     

    Writer & Director

    Starring
  • Matthew Tedford
  •  
    A satirical drag musical that tells the story of Maggie's adventures in Soho, where a wrong-turn leads to her becoming an overnight cabaret star
    Theatre 503, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
     

    Assistant Director

    Director Hanna Berrigan
     
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014
     
    Director David Grindley
     

    The world's first show based on coming-out stories

    Edinburgh Fringe 2014, St James Theatre
     

    TV

    Writer

    Starring
  • Kwesi Boakye
  • Rupert Degas
  • Kyla Rae Kowalewski
  • Dan Russell
  •  
    Children's animated show about a family of blue cats and pink rabbits
    Turner for Cartoon Network
     

    Creator & Writer

     
    Co-created and written with Suzi Ruffell
    ITV Studios
    In devlopment
     
    Last Train Home
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
     
    Comedy pilot developed as part of the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course
    In development
     

    Film

    Writer

    Director Joanna Coates
     
    Short film adapted from Jon's Play for the Old Vic 

     

    Radio

    Writer

     

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4