John is a dynamic performer who studied at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art where he was nominated for the Sir Alec Guinness Award for acting.
He is a true character actor, and revels in bringing to life every aspect of the people he plays. His talent, love of acting and respect for the craft have ensured an ongoing and developing reputation.
June 2018: #WeAreArrested opens to glowing reviews.
After a very emotinally charged and electric press night The Mischief Festival 2018 is now open. Critics have all commented on the importance of this piece and urged audience members to see it and engage with the subject matter. The effects and routine John designed for the show is offering a moment of light relief in a very dark piece, and audiences are greeting it with laughter and applause. John would like to thank the entire creative team for helping shape the magic on stage. In particular Sophie for her beautiful direction, Charlie for her exquisite design, Imogen for the elegant movement, Jess and the props team for bringing the magic to the stage and to Peter for expertly mastering and delivering the effects every night. Special mention must also go to Can Dundar - his bravery and integrity in the face of such adversity is a true inspiration.
May 2018: Mischief at The RSC.
John is delighted to be joining the creative team on #WeAreArrested as their Magic Consultant. The piece is part of a thrilling double bill making up The Mischief Festival at The Other Place, home of new writing for The RSC. It is a dream come true to be working with such an illustrious company and he cannot wait to see rehearsals take shape on such an important piece. All the information can be found here: www.rsc.org.uk/mischief-festival/we-are-arrested-and-day-of-the-living/the-plot-wearearrested
April 2018: Sherlock opens and some witchy R&D.
Following a brilliant rehearsal period and exciting tech week 'Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain' opens this month at The Theatre Royal Bath. John and the team are delighted with the effects in the show and are looking forward to hearing what the audience make of it all. John has also been asked to lead a magic R&D session at The Royal & Derngate Theatre for a new production of 'The Worst Witch' happening this Christmas. John would like to thank Kenny Wax for recommending him for the project.
March 2018: R&D for The RSC, Magic for The RFU, Sherlock, and an Immersive Ensemble breakfast booking!
March has been a busy month for John. He has been invited to an R&D session for The RSC to create some moments of wonder within a new piece opening at The Other Place in May. Combining his knowledge of acting and magic leads John to some very exciting and unexpected bookings - and this month is no different. He has been asked to teach magic by The RFU to rugby coaches! Alongside this Sherlock has started rehearsals with all of Johns effects built into the set meaning they are all self contained and easy to tour. He will also be performing with The Immersive Ensemble at a corporate booking, waking up delegates and engaging them with their busy day ahead.
Feb 2018: R&D and final performance at The National.
Its been a fantastic few months performing magic at The National Theatre and this month sees the end of this project. John would like to thank Jessie and the team for making him feel so welcome. He has also been asked to lead an R&D magic session with Stray Cats, a puppet company looking to create a new piece about imaginary friends.
Jan 2018:The Games Afoot!
The start of the year is beginning with John joining the creative team for 'Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain.' This is a new piece starting at The Theatre Royal in Bath before commencing a 12 week tour of the UK. John will be teaching magic to leading actor Robert Powell and has to create two live ghosts! John would like to thank David Grindley (director) for adding him to the team and Nikki Stoddart for the introduction. He has also been asked to appear in a pilot for a new ITV quiz show!
Stage highlights include: 'The Great Toddini' in Secret Cinema presents Dirty Dancing, 'Shostar' in Gypsy Thread (working title) at The National Theatre Studio - dir. Eleanor Rhode; 'Melvin' in Bound, winner of best new writing at Offcut Festival - dir. Rebecca Fielding; 'Jake' in Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson for The Menier Chocolate Factory - dir. Jonathan Guy-Lewis; 'Christian/Michael' U/study in Festen for Bill Kenwright LTD - dir Rufus Norris; 'Puck' in A Midsummer Nights Dream for Red Rose Chain - dir. Joanna Carrick; 'Don Juan' in Much Ado About Nothing at The Little Theatre Sheringham - dir. Desmond Barrit; 'Austin' in True West for The English Theatre Company, Essen - dir. Kathrin Sievers