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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 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 and Director
Theatre 503, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Director Jon Brittain
Writer Jon Brittain
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

Writer
I Love You But You Make Me Sick 2014
Theatre 503
Writer Jon Brittain

A one man play about bulimia.

Latitude Festival
Director Jon Brittain
Writer Jon Brittain
Starring Nick Kay

A bittersweet story of loss told from the perspective of the family dog

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Rotterdam 2014
Theatre 503
Writer Jon Brittain

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

My Imaginary Friend Patrick Stewart 2014
Theatre 503
Director Jon Brittain & Ant Cule
Writer Jon Brittain
Starring Sam Donnelly, Paul Joseph, Fiona Skinner & Claire Timmins

Short play presented as part of Shhhh.... by the 503Five

Everybody's Doing It 2012
Arcola Theatre
Director Alex Brown
Writer Jon Brittain
Starring Lydia Larson, Matt Milne, Joseph Radcliffe & Iris Roberts

Short play, part of The Miniaturists 33

Fireworks 2012
Theatre 503
Director Lisa Cagnacci
Writer Jon Brittain

Short play, part of This Year it Will be Different, a collection of New Year's plays

Richard's Rampage Event 2012
Worldwide Tour
Producer The Kevin Spacey Foundation
Writer Jon Brittain

Specially edited version of Richard III, used as part of workshops run by the Kevin Spacey Foundation

The Demetrius Project 2012
New Diorama Theatre
Producer The Faction Theatre Company
Writer Jon Brittain

Part of a team of writers for The Faction Theatre Company's new adaptation of Schiller's Demetrius

This Will Never Be a Good Bookshop 2012
Yard Theatre
Producer Box of Tricks Theatre
Writer Jon Brittain

Short play, part of Box of Tricks' Farewell to London show

To Boldly Go 2012
Theatre 503
Producer Misshapen Theatre
Writer Jon Brittain

Short play as part of Blast Off, an evening of sci-fi drama

Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Festival
Producer Lucy Jackson
Director Natasha Nixon
Writer Jon Brittain
Starring Samuel Donnelly, Helen Duff & Michael Lyle

Comedy about the world of internet dating

The Spies in Room 502 2011
Old Vic, Time Warner Ignition
Producer Tara Wilkinson
Director Nathalie Ibu
Writer Jon Brittain
Starring Nicholas Lawson, Joshua McCord, Helen Millar, Amy Morgan & Alice White

Comedy play in reaction to the Old Vic's A Flea in His Ear

Upstairs at Three and Ten, Brighton Fringe Festival
Producer Lucy Jackson
Director Jonathan Brittain & Ant Cule
Writer Jon Brittain
Starring Jack Swain & Alice White

Comedy following a relationship played out on Facebook

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The Aim of the Game 2011
The Space
Director Jon Brittain
Writer Jon Brittain

Short play, part of Fifteen, The Space's fifteenth anniversary celebrations

The Happiest Day of Your Life 2011
The Vineyard Theatre, New York
Director Lotte Wakeham
Writer Jon Brittain
Starring Nick Banks, Lucy Benson-Brown & Anna Maguire

Short play written for the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange

Everybody's Doing It 2010
RADA
Writer Jon Brittain

Play for teenagers

Il Parlamento de Ruzante 2010
National Theatre Studio
Writer Jon Brittain

Translation and adaptation

The Aim of the Game 2010
Old Vic
Director Ant Cule
Writer Jon Brittain
Starring Nicholas Banks, Vivienne Bell, Theo Chester, Paul Heath & Joan Lyiola

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

The Small Hours 2010
Soho Theatre
Writer Jon Brittain

Rehearsed reading

The Wake 2010
NSDF, Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh. New Diorama, London.
Director Ant Cule
Writer Jon Brittain
Starring Ashley Booth & Jon Brittain

One man play about family secrets spilling out at a wake

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Director
John Kearns: Shtick 2014
Edinburgh Fringe 2014, Soho Theatre
Director Jon Brittain
Writer John Kearns

John Kearns: Sight Gags for Perverts 2014
Soho Theatre
Director Jon Brittain
Writer John Kearns

Assistant Director
Outings 2014
Edinburgh Fringe 2014, St James Theatre
Director David Grindley

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

Potted Sherlock 2014
Edinburgh Fringe 2014
Director Hanna Berrigan

Television
Creator and Writer
Meanwhile Ten Years Ago 1 x 30'
2013
ITV Studios
In devlopment
Creator Jon Brittain
Writer Jon Brittain

Co-created and written with Suzi Ruffell

Last Train Home Pilot for 6 x 30'
2012

In development  
Creator Jon Brittain
Writer Jon Brittain

Comedy pilot developed as part of the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course

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Writer
The Amazing World of Gumball: Series 2 2012
Turner for Cartoon Network
Writer Jon Brittain
Starring Kwesi Boakye, Rupert Degas, Kyla Rae Kowalewski & Dan Russell

Children's animated show about a family of blue cats and pink rabbits

Film
Writer
The Spies in Room 502 Short
2012

 
Director Joanna Coates
Writer Jon Brittain

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

Radio
Writer
The Now Show 2012
BBC Radio 4
 
Writer Jon Brittain