Journey
Through

Performance

About
My name is Jonathan Scripps and I started my journey through performance at 3 years old when my mum took me along to a ballet class and my first role was to pretend that the dancers were dolls and I had the imaginary key to wind them up in order for them to start to dance....and yes I am still reminded of that 35 years later.

Growing up I joined various dramatic societies in and around Saffron Walden and took my LAMDA acting exams. Being part of a group like Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Group was great fun and an essential part of learning about the stage and performance. During that time, I played many roles including Fagin in Oliver and Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls.

I continued my singing lessons after winning a bursary and applied for drama school. I gained a place at the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts in association with RADA.

After finishing the course, I performed in bigger venues with experienced actors including the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

I started my directing and coaching career while working for Theatretrain teaching Drama. My first ever show I directed was written by myself and it was performed at the Mumford Theatre in Cambridge. I continued this journey with Theatretrain and directed a devised piece at the Royal Albert Hall and Sadlers Wells. I have directed a number of plays and pantomimes and always make my rehearsals a learning experience. My most recent production was Peter Pan with the Saffron Players, which was the first ever production to completely sell-out in 40 years.

I am proud to say that some of my former students have made it to the West End and BBC.

Being a performer is extremely hard and competitive and I want to use my experience to not only teach the performance side of theatre, but also work on making people mentally ready for the next step.

I hope I can help with your journey through performance.

COACHING

One to one coaching for children and adults in performing arts and presenting, whether its for an exam, audition or business presentations. The most important thing is to learn how to keep going.

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LAMDA EXAMS

From the elocution examinations of the past to today’s practical communication and performance assessments, LAMDA’s examinations have provided each and every learner with the skills and the confidence to succeed in life.

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A cover of the Band Aid song Do They Know It's Christmas has raised over £1500 in just a few days for Uttlesford Foodbank. Organiser Jonathan Scripps of Journey Through Performance put a call out for participants on social media. Singers from amateur dramatic groups recorded the song separately and sent their contribution to be edited together. The video was filmed on Jonathan's mobile phone around Saffron Walden including at Bridge End Garden and at the market on Saturday, December 19, abiding by the then Tier 2 social distancing rules with social distancing in place. He said his new filming and editing skills were partly as the result of this year's Covid restrictions, and having friends who are good in these fields who were able to offer support and pointers. The finished item was uploaded on Christmas Eve and promoted online. They asked celebrities who were online if they could support or promote the cause. Those taking part were Lucy Chappell, Keira Gibson, Rachel Crane, Lucy Glover, Bryony Kay, Helen Howell, Jonathan Scripps, Caroline Mackrill, Imogen C, Chloe Chapman, Matt Grady and Chilli the dog.

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My friends and I got together to sing A Million Dreams from the Greatest Showman to raise money for the NHS

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On Thursday evening it was announced that with the help of Angela Crane, I will be directing the Saffron Players 2021 pantomime Rapunzel

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Saffron Players flying high with their version of Peter Pan. "A truly entertaining show, bubbling all the way." - Decia Ranger

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Saffron Players production of Alice in Wonderland won the Noda East Award for the Best Pantomime for District 7. The production, directed by Jonathan Scripps and assisted by Angela Crane was dedicated to their producer and member Vanessa Cowell who sadly passed away weeks prior to the first performance.

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Productions

Bringing your scripts to life We are currently in preproduction for new folk thriller called Burnt which has been written by Jess Dickinson

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