Intro to Acting / Acting Your Truth


“I’d been looking around for some time for a course that would help to release my very pent-up creativity – and I wanted it to be hugely fun, playful, confidence-building, friendly and just the right amount of challenging all at the same time . . . Well, I found it all in perfect measures in Jonathan’s  classes. 

“Jonathan is an exceptionally capable teacher. He has a rare gift for really seeing a person, listening intently to what they have to say, telling them that one thing they really need to hear so they can understand their inhibitions and really dig deep to release their creativity.

“I’d never tried acting before and actually it never really felt like that’s what I was doing. It felt more like I was opening a tap and learning to control the flow of creativity coming out.” Hana Fazal, 2016


“Jonathan has given me the courage to rediscover the performer in me, after a number of years doing other things. Some of it is challenging and all of it is fun.” Claire Dalkin May 2015

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Intro to Acting / Acting Your Truth

Playing in many areas (including script, movement, physical, character and those mentioned below) AND Improvised Theatre inspired by the Archetype of The Fool. Telling the story of the moment, in the land where anything, any emotion, is possible, from the irreverent to the sacred. From the daft to the deep. From the hilarious to the hallowed.

“Thanks Jonathan for running the Saturday morning course – I really look forward to it. Such a nice group of people – we always have a laugh, but learn so much too. It’s doing wonders for my confidence and opening my mind to so many possibilities! So thank you.” Richard Mehmed, May 2015

With playful exercises, these sessions will stretch your acting muscles and offer new ways to play, to create and to perform.

Come and develop your palette and tools, play with a broader set of choices, and find more freedom to act, both on stage, and in life.

We will learn through exercises, games and more, about (among other things)…

• Giving licence to your imagination

• Using your whole body & voice

• Making it up

• Working in ensemble

• Using rhythms to amplify sensitivity

• Being with an audience

• Playfulness

• Listening and responding to the moment

• Exploring your emotional range

• Coming back and developing a character

• Incorporating your personal experience in the moment.

• Storytelling

• Working with text

• Becoming non-human

• Failing and falling

• Taking risks

• Sustaining an act

• Accepting offers.

“JB’s Fool’s Guide to Playing challenges, inspires and feeds the imagination…” Kat Medhat, May 2015

“I really enjoy these classes, they take place in a supportive environment so we can take creative ‘risks’ that feel very playful. The group is made up of people with mixed experience and everyone is included and encouraged to contribute which has the outcome of everyone upping their game. I’ve sampled many other acting workshops but usually end up feeling frustrated I’m not being stretched enough or others are allowed to negatively monopolise the group, but with this one I am pleased to say that I experience my creative performing muscles being workedout – essential for any performer.” Miranda Morris, May 2015

Jonathan is an experienced teacher and group facilitator, and has been teaching theatre, both with the WEA, and independently for over 10 years.

Since 2007, his theatre company has won and been nominated in most of the available prize categories at the Brighton Fringe, and two participants of his one-person show training course went on to win Argus Angel Awards for their shows.

“Expect the unexpected surprise yourself / be creative..These  are the things I like about Jonathan Brown’s classes…

  •  Clear imaginative teaching – we’re stimulated via short dotty easy games towards longer riskier deeper challenges and this builds confidence.2) Feedback: The group is free to share honest / negative / positive reactions to varied activities
  • JB is group-sensitive to ‘safety’ issues…physical and psychological
  • JB GIVES ideas TO the group but also TAKES/USES ideas FROM the group
  • Exercises can go off in weird directions & tangents (eg funny to serious,serious to funny) but JB doesn’t mind / is flexible..there’s no wrong or right.
  • I can arrive 10 am tired, dubious and leave 1pm revitalised, more positive, laughing.

       Hermione Huxley, May 2015

“Wonderful session as always today….thank you!” James Casey, May 2015

About SUTC’s shows…..

“Thank you for your show. I loved it. It was a brilliant piece of story telling. It was great to be part of something intimate….  engaging, moving, challenging, compassionate and funny. I particularly enjoyed the improvised aspect of the show and thought that the comic asides and meanderings very much enhanced the deeper drama of the story. It was inspiring and exciting to see how much can be done by a single performer and a musician with no props… Your show was better than pretty much anything I have seen in the theatre over the last couple of years. Afterwards, I felt that I had been taken on a journey and come back knowing something new – which is just what theatre should be like.” Andrew Miller, co-director, Wishworks Puppet Theatre Company on Iron John, by Jonathan Brown, Dec 2014. 

Jonathan is Artistic Director of Something Underground Theatre Company:

  • Winner: Best New Play Award, Brighton Fringe 2012  (Jonathan Brown, The Last Lunch).

  • Shortlisted:  Best New Play Award, Brighton Fringe 2013 (Jonathan Brown, The Silent Stream)

  • Winner: Best Male Performer, Brighton Fringe 2013 (Jonathan Brown, The Silent Stream)

  • Winner: Best Female Performer, Brighton Fringe 2014 (K Goodfellow, Smoking Ban, written & directed by JB)

  • Nominated:   Best Female Performer,    Brighton Fringe 2013 (Rachel Guershon for Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore, written and directed by JB)
Nominated:   Best Male Performer,   Brighton Fringe 2007 (Jonathan Brown for The Father Monologues).

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