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.

SpotlightActor_Blue StevensonWithersCMYKWhite download

News

December 2017: Magic at The National Theatre and Aladdin opens to great reviews.

For December, January and February John will be performing magic at The National Theatre as part of their pre show for Pinocchio. He would like to thank Jessie Anand for asking him to be part of the team. Aladdin is open in Lancaster and picking up lots of lovely reviews – with plenty of mentions for the magic in the show.

It has been an incredible year and John is very excited to be heading into 2018.

 

November 2017: A new arrival, more monkeys and an Immersive Ensemble road trip!

John is delighted to announce the safe arrival of their second baby – Zak. He was born at 00:00 on the 1st November 2017 and is doing brilliantly. Thanks go to all the staff at Watford Genera Hospital. He has been back in with Madinga Arts filming a trailer for their monkey piece and this will be on the website when it is ready. Aladdin is now in rehearsals in Lancaster and John will be heading up to teach the effects for the show. To finish an extraordinary month John is heading to Amsterdam and Frankfurt with The Immersive Ensemble to perform at a private event.

 

October 2017: The Invisible Man becomes a must see show.

After nearly a full year of work ‘The Invisible Man’ has opened at The Queens Theatre to great reviews and enthusiastic audience response. John has relished working on such an ambitious show and is very proud of each effect that is used to bring the invisible world to life. Thanks go to Ryan, Lily, Clem, Doug and his fantastic team at The Queens.

 

October 2017: Old Vic 12 and Invisible Man starts to appear.

After submitting an application (and at time of writing the winners having been announced) John can share the news he made the shortlst for The Old Vic 12 as a Magic Consultant. Also this month ‘The Invisible Man’ has been slowly taking shape – Ryan and John are working each magical moment into the scenes so they feel part of the action rather than a magic trick. It is going to be an incredible show.

 

September 2017: Meetings and rehearsals.

After months of planning ‘The Invisible Man’ starts rehearsals this month. John will be in with the cast at least once a week teaching the effects for the show and working them into the piece. The show is hugely ambitious yet totally achievable. He has also been in meetings with a new agent and with the creative team for Aladdin.

 

August 2017: Magic monkeys and invisibility testing.

John has been asked to be part of R&D for a new piece about mad monkeys overthrowing their evil tamer. He would like to thank Miguel from Mandinga Arts for asking him to be part of the team. Watch this space to see how it progresses – the aim is to tour to festivals in 2018. John has also been at The Queens Theatre testing methods of invisibility and is delighted with how the effects are shaping up for the show.

 

July 2017: Design meetings and magical plotting.

Making a man invisible is proving an exciting and rewarding challenge for John. He has been in for a number of meetings with the designer and director (Lily Arnold and Ryan McBryde) and the methods they are looking to use will make this piece truly astonishing. 

 

June 2017: Inspirational theatre and magic.

Penn & Teller are a huge magical influence for John and he had the pleasure of seeing their show in London this month. The effects were stunning and showed what’s possible when you scale up ideas to fill huge auditoriums. On the same note, John also saw ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ which was hugely entertaining. The magic in the show is brilliant and left John buzzing with ideas for ‘The Invisible Man’ and ‘Aladdin’

 

May 2017: The Rogue

‘The Rogue’ is the character John will create and portray as part of ‘The Club’ for The Immersive Ensemble. He is also devising a number of effects to be used throughout the show by the cast. For those who want to take part please click here. John has also been up t

 

April 2017: Bringing the real magic to Aladdin and joining ‘The Club’

This Christmas John will be working with Sarah Punshon at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster on their panto production of Aladdin. He is really excited to be back working with Sarah and is looking forward to seeing the production take shape throughout the year. John is hugely excited to have been cast as a performer for the next Immersive Ensemble production called ‘The Club.’ It is a fascinating immersive theatre piece that asks for its audience to come with an open mind and to look differently at all they see and experience. All the info can be found here: http://www.theimmersiveensemble.com/the-club/

 

March 2017: A darkly comic Dracula and magical filming.

Le Navet Bete are an Exeter based theatre company who create their own anarchic versions of classic tales, and John has been called in to create some odd magical moments for their production of ‘Dracula.’ He is back working with director John Nicholson, and heading to The Northcott Theatre for rehearsals before the show heads on a UK tour. All the info can be found here: http://lenavetbete.com/tour-dates/

John has also been filming a series of magic principles and effects for the TV show he is developing with Sixth Sense Media. Thanks go to Jake Banfield for his assistance and filming expertise.

 

Feb 2017: The RSC and The Immersive Ensemble.

John had the pleasure of meeting with Matthew Dewsbury and Ben Tyreman at The RSC offices in London to discuss all aspects of his work and is hoping this will lead to a number of exciting opportunities.  He is also working with The Immersive Ensemble on their latest creation ‘The Great Gatsby’ at The Vaults Festival in London. All the info can be found here: http://www.theimmersiveensemble.com/the-great-gatsby/  This will be the first of a number of collaborations with the team, and John is really delighted to be working with them all.

 

Jan 2017: New Year, and plenty of new projects

As 2017 begins John is getting ready to work on a number of new magic consultancy projects and is booking in acting jobs throughout the year. Here’s to an exciting and busy 2017!

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

Nav 1 left black large Nav 1 left black large

Links

news-50 archive-50 megaphone-50