Something Underground Theatre Company was founded by Jonathan Brown in 2006. Since then Something Underground has been creating one man, one woman and ensemble plays that have touched many lives.

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Jonathan writes all of SUTC’s plays (although in 2015 we experimented with producing 2 new one person shows that had been developed on the “One Person Show Course” in 2014).

The work tends to be visceral and uncompromising text, character and plot driven works. Plays have been about (amongst other things) fatherhood, identity, wounds, alcohol, childbirth, the myths of mental health, community, the meat industry, food, the tobacco industry, about Victorian Brighton, greed and corruption, unseen forces, Regency Brighton, and more recently, the Holocaust.

The plays ask the audience to use their imaginations. We use physicality to portray the worlds we inhabit, and very little in terms of props or set. Some of the work includes enhanced use of physical theatre (e.g. The Well), and some includes intensely interspersed multilayered verbal dialogue (e.g. The Last Lunch).

Jonathan’s improvised work (e.g. Je Suis) uses an empty stage, the moment, and whatever beings inhabit the space to create fragile or robust worlds, where mysteries may or may not emerge.


Until 2010, SUTC focussed on one man works written and performed by Jonathan, with The Father Monologues (Part 1), Large Print Trash (Best Male Performer (nom) Brighton Fringe 2007), The Father Monologues (Part 3) and Licence.

In 2011, we moved into working in ensemble, with The Well.

In 2012 the next play for a cast, The Last Lunch was a winner of best new play in the Brighton Fringe.

In 2013, The Well emerged again, alongside a new one woman show Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore (performed by Rachel Guershon, nominated Best Female Performer Brighton Fringe) and a new one man show, The Silent Stream (performed by Jonathan, Best Male Performer 2013 Brighton Fringe). Both of these one person pieces are prequels to The Well

In 2014, The Last Lunch was back again, alongside a new production of Betsy with Elle Dillon Reams, and a new one woman show, Smoking Ban (with Kate Goodfellow, who’s portrayal of Carol in Smoking Ban won her Best Female Performer at Brighton Fringe).  The year was rounded off with a new one man show from Jonathan called Iron John, an improvised show based on the Grimm Brother’s tale, with musical score from Andrew Scullin.

In 2015 performances of Iron John continued (with new musician Simon Scardanelli), plus Jonathan’s new entirely improvised one man show, “Je Suis: A Fool’s Guide to Cliff Edges” (also with Simon providing live music).

Following a 2nd successful “Create your Own One Person Show” Course in October 2014, SUTC supported two new one person show productions in The Brighton Fringe May 2015, Moon Tales written and performed by Kate Darach and Pulling Up The Drawbridge written and performed by David Stephens. Both directed by Jonathan. Both were very successful.

“A Good Jew” (our new multiple-cast play) toured in 2016 to excellent reviews and packed houses.

We are currently preparing a reading  (on 18th Nov 2016) of our new play for a cast: “I, Refugee”, which we hope to produce in 2017.

Jonathan leads classes in performance and creating one person shows.

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Starts again 13th November!
Create Your Own One Person Show Course
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Create Your Own One Person Show Course

November 13, 2017, 6:30pm - November 13, 2017, 10:00pm

Create your Own One Person Show course. This is the 7th run of this popular and successful course. It's 3rd at The Cockpit in London. (NB: free lifts from Sussex area possible) Runs 13 Nov - 11 Dec 2017 including Scratch Showcase of a piece of your work. A group of no more than 6 performers will work on... Writing & re-drafting material (or sourcing a writer / script). Finding editors & sounding boards ( or adapting a script). Performance skills & techniques. Test your material in a small group of supportive peers Working with a Director. Technical & Backstage considerations. Booking venues, (inc. Register with “The Fringe”) Publicity, including dealing with Press, Media & Social Media, & the Web. Arranging ticketing, & front of house. The Premiere Collecting & Using feedback. What do you gain? The course will culminate in a scratch performance of your work in front of an invited audience at The Cockpit Theatre Dates, Times & Cost £310 (10% off for Vanguard Members. There are a limited number of Vanguard place available and you must be logged in for the discount.) Classes Monday 13 Nov - 11 Dec, 6:30PM - 10:00PM Teacher/Creator Biog Jonathan Brown (Artistic director of Something Underground Theatre Company) has been performing since 2000, writing and performing one-person shows since 2006, and writing, performing & directing plays for casts since 2011, receiving 5 & 4 Star reviews, and awards including... Best Male Performer Winner (Brighton Fringe 2013), Winner Best New Play Award (Brighton Fringe 2012) Jonathan’s one woman show Smoking Ban won the performer Kate Goodfellow Best Female performer award, Brighton Fringe 2014, and the show was longlisted for an Amnesty International Award His one woman show, Betsy Wisdom of a Brighton Whore achieved many 5 star reviews, and in 2013 its performer, Rachel Guershon, was nominated Best Female Performer Brighton Fringe. Testimonials "I cannot thank you enough.... I have now been commissioned not only as an actor but also as a writer. I would recommend this course to anyone who has a story to tell.” Lorna Gayle - "Nine Night" 2017 "...exactly what I needed…. deadlines to meet and a safe encouraging environment. Jonathan gives well balanced guidance …. offers handy tips and direction. I took the show to Brighton and Edinburgh Fringes, and soon in New York!” Clare Rebekah Pointing - “Delphine” 2015 "...the springboard I needed to take my seed of an idea from a dream to an award-winning solo show. I'm very grateful." Kate Darach - “Moontales" 2014/2015 "I'll always be grateful that you and your workshop gave me the courage to start and the confidence to go on with (my) show (Winner Argus Angel Award 2013, and toured internationally since)" Paddy O’Keeffe - "Bernard Shaw Invites You” 2012 "Found this course so helpful, so much fabulous support and input not only from Jonathan but also the other participants. I learned much, laughed lots and achieved far more than I hoped. Can't recommend it enough. If ya thinking about it DO IT!!!" Lianne Campbell - "Lessons From Leela” 2016 "Jonathan is a master of blocking" Terianne Falcone - "Good Grief” 2015 Two previous participants of the course (Kate Darach and Paddy O Keefe) have gone on to Win Brighton Argus Angel Awards, in 2013 and in 2015 Brighton Fringe’s, with their one person shows David Stephens & Rachel Clatworthy went on to perform at Brighton Fringe 2015 John Hoggett has gone on to perform his one man show at regular events. Sarah Charsley and Clare Rebekkah Pointing went on to perform their shows at Brighton Fringe 2016, and Clare also at Edinburgh Fringe 2016. Lianne Campbell has gone on to perform “Lessons from Leela” at several events across the region. Lorna Gayle was to commissioned to take over the writing of her show. Charlotte Fox took her show to Edinburgh Fringe. Who could benefit from this course? Anyone interested in creating their own work Performers wishing to create a monologue, one-person show, stand up act or performance poetry act Artists wanting an opportunity to showcase themselves and their work to an invited audience Performers wishing to create solo improvised theatre, theatrical memoir or storytelling, or forum theatre work Performers wishing to create narrative based visual or devised theatre Booking here: tickets.thecockpit.org.uk/sales/classes/acting/createyourownonepers More info here: www.somethingunderground.co.uk/create-your-own-one-person-show/

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