Selected Work: Freelance

Jonathan Holloway: Freelance

In January 2017 BBC Radio 4 Extra re-broadcast Jonathan’s adaptation of Vita Sackville-West’s ALL PASSIONS SPENT. Directing included MACBETH (Review) for Creation Theatre Company as a site-specific production in and around Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall, seen by 5,500 people.

2015: Writing for the BBC included THE LURE & SIN, two original semi-biographical dramas for the Arthur Miller centenary co-produced with LA Theatre Works (starring Ed Harris), and THE CARTER MYSTERIES which explored the occult adventures of a South London family removals business.

“Holloway cuts open the skin of a controlling and repressive society to reveal the wounds festering inside. The spectre of a semi-naked, hysterical and murderous Hyde, oozing blood from her bandaged breasts in the final scene makes for a compelling metaphor of Victorian society, stripped of its aura of refinement and respectability.” The China Daily, Asia

“Jekyll & Hyde is a complex, multilayered and gripping drama… intense but accessible, with strong performances… Olivia Winteringham excellent in her dual title roles, seductive one minute and ruthlessly cruel the next.” South China Morning Post

Jonathan was writing for BBC Radio Drama also included Samuel Johnson’s RASSELAS (for independent production company, Essential) and Philip K Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP (New Statesman Review) (the book which became the movie BLADE RUNNER) sporting a remarkable cast led by James Purefoy (THE FOLLOWING, ROME, DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME, FLARE PATH) and Jessica Raine (PUNK ROCK, GARROW’S LAW, ROBIN HOOD).

2013: In September Jonathan won a First prize at the 2013 Prix Italia for his BBC adaptation of Orwell’s NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR. The play was translated into Norwegian and broadcast by NRK.

Earlier in 2013 Jonathan co-authored ‘The Real George Orwell’ season for the BBC inc the first radio adaptation of NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR (“Holloway’s script is not a typical adaptation. This is a menacing, violent satire that encapsulates the horror of Orwell’s writing like no other reworking I have encountered” – The Independent, “gripping… fully captures Orwell’s vision” – Sunday Times), and two original plays THE REAL GEORGE ORWELL – LOVING and THE REAL GEORGE ORWELL – JURA.

In 2013 he also adapted the innovative verse novel THE EMPEROR’S BABE by Bernardine Evaristo for BBC Bristol.

BBC Radio 4 Extra re-broadcast Jonathan’s 10 hour serialisation of CP Snow’s eleven novels collectively known as STRANGERS AND BROTHERS [see BBC iPlayer].