Can't Stand up for Falling Down
John recently directed Can't Stand up for Falling Down which played at the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre in July 2015. In October 2015 he revived the production to officially open the new Studio Theatre at Brooklands College.
'Expert direction with attention to the smallest of details meant that the audience was totally transported into the scenes .'
'Patterson’s signature style of simple, stripped back staging allowed each actress the opportunity to truly showcase her talent.'
'You must not miss this production!'
ONIN London review - to read the full article click here
'John Patterson has achieved an incredible precision in the use of the space and language.'
'4 STARS - An intimate, touching and strong production.'
Remote Goat review - to read the full article click here
Graduate Actors Showcase
In October 2014, John was invited to direct recent drama school graduates in an industry showcase at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London.
'A succinct showcase, but by no means slight, with performances of a selection of relatively uncommon pieces to its industry audience.'
The Stage review - to read the full article click here
In Januray 2016 John gave two Masterclasses for students in their final year /first year out of drama school. He worked with students & graduates from Drama Centre, GSA, Arts Ed & ALRA and The Bridge Theatre Training. More Materclasses coming soon!
Royal National Theatre Connections 2016
John directed Mark Ravenhill's Citizenship for the Royal National Theatre Connections project in February 2016. The production played at Watermans Arts Centre in Brentford in April 2016. As part of Connections John also sat on a careers lab panel, taking questions from aspiring actors and creatives.
"Brilliant workshop with John Patterson. Some really useful stuff"
Emily Schofield, Arts Ed graduate
"Super useful masterclasses with John Patterson. Thank you"
Fiona McGarvey, The Bridge Theatre Training
"Thank you very much John for an excellent and informative evening. So much learned!"
Cameron Potts, GSA graduate
Camilla Watson, ALRA graduate
"Fantastic pair of workshops with the lovely John Patterson."
George Johnston, Drama Centre graduate
"Two great masterclasses. So much good advice"
Warren Palmer, The Bridge Theatre Training graduate
"Extremely useful masterclass"
Isaac Wight, GSA
"So grateful to John for sharing his knowledge and advice. Incredibly helpful"
Anna Bonnett, ALRA graduate
"What you want to know is whether it’s worth your time and money to go, and the answer is definitively yes." - Roger Mortimer for Plays to See.
Full review can be read at: http://playstosee.com/eavesdropping/
"Eavesdropping is a very interesting show. 10 fine young actors in short scenes. All words verbatim eavesdroppings from real life." - Susan Elkin.
Full review can be read at: http://www.sardinesmagazine.co.uk/reviews/
The production consists of a variety of scenes, each varying in length. Most plays are either scripted or devised, but Eavesdropping sits somewhere between the two! The piece is created by a company of actors who spend several weeks covertly recording real people engaged in genuine conversations. These recordings are then scripted and explored through rehearsal to find their dramatic potential. Each vignette is a miniature work of art in itself, but when presented as part of a sequence, the piece promises to take its audience on a unique, entertaining, emotional and amusing journey.
Angel Theatre Company's production, Eavesdropping, is John's own concept. He also directed this original piece of theatre. Eavesdropping played to packed houses at Barons Court Theatre in July 2016.
Due to the overwhelming success of Eavesdropping, John used the same concept to create this production.
More Eavesdropping had a sell out run and delighted audiences at Barons Court Theatre in February 2017.
2017 Careers Q &A / Discussion
I am delighted to be able to offer a free careers Q and A / Discussion for Drama School students and graduates coming to see the 2.30pm performance of More Eavesdropping on Saturday 4th February 2017. It will take place at Barons Court Theatre, directly after the matinee. I will be happy to take questions on any aspect of working as an actor and how to manage your career. It will be particularly beneficial for those who are just starting out in the business and is an ideal opportunity to make personal contact with Angel Theatre Company as well as myself. Why not come along and seek free, honest, impartial and frank advice!
To reserve a space on the 'Careers Q & A', please request when you are booking your ticket for More Eavesdropping! Early booking is advised, as spaces are limited. For further details and to book tickets please email: [email protected]
"Very clever concept, staged and acted with style." - Scott Le Crass, Theatre Director.
"A canny idea, thoughtfully directed and performed." - Roseberry Management.
Further audience feedback can be found on the Angel Theatre Company website.
Using the same concept as its predecessor, More Eavesdropping consists of a variety of scenes, each varying in length. Unlike most plays which are either scripted or devised, More Eavesdropping is unique in that it is neither! The piece was created by our company of actors who spent several weeks covertly recording real people engaged in genuine conversations. These recordings were then scripted, explored and reinterpreted through rehearsal to find their dramatic potential. Each vignette is a miniature work of art in itself and offers the audience a great insight into the world around us. A more honest, poignant, funny and genuine reflection of society than most conventionally written plays could hope to be!
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John has recently travelled to New York City, where he had several meetings with Off Broadway theatres to discuss potential projects.
"This is one of the most original concepts for a theatrical piece we have ever heard of and it promises to be a fascinating production." - Ron Phillips, Artistic Director - Barons Court Theatre
In April 2017 John gave a Masterclasses to actors at Barons Court Theatre. The session focused on how to manage yourself as a business. Feedback from some of the actors who attended can be seen below:
"Fantastic master class from @John00Patterson & @Angel_Theatre today. Covered things all actors should know! Thank you!"
Jay Parsons, GSA graduate
"Informative and inspiring afternoon listening to @John00Patterson @Angel_Theatre 's masterclass"
Victoria Llewellyn, Oxford School of Drama graduate
"Thank you so much @Angel_Theatre for a brilliant, informative masterclass this afternoon"
Sarah Coyne, ALRA North graduate
"Really enjoyed listening to @John00Patterson today at the @Angel_Theatre masterclass. Insightful & amusing! Thankyou for sharing!"
Olivia Grace, PPA student
"Thank you so much to @Angel_Theatre & @John00Patterson for an informative session. Feeling inspired!"
Monica Sik Holm, LIPA graduate
In July 2017, John directed Sarah Kane's 4:48 Psychosis at Barons Court Theatre, which enjoyed a sell-out run and achieved widespread appreciation from its audiences. It also attracted a 5 star review, which can be viewed below.
4:48 Psychosis is a challenging piece which explores the effects of clinical depression on the individual. It is a disorder from which Kane herself suffered. The play is an excruciating examination of the condition, perhaps giving the audience a unique insight into Kane’s personal struggles with the illness. Discussion of suicide is a recurring theme as is the desires of the depressed mind, the effects and effectiveness of taking medication to treat depression, self-harm, isolation, dependency, relationships and love.
Almost 20 years after the play was written, Angel Theatre Company's aim was to present a thought provoking and timely revival – a re-examination of the struggles still facing many people in our society.
"Magnificent - seven actors bring poetic beauty to a deeply challenging subject."
Kate Pettigrew for London Pub Theatres
Full review can be read at: http://bit.ly/2t0SZBE
Italia Conti Masterclass
In June 2017 John gave a Masterclass to graduating 3rd years at Italia Conti. The focus of this was on creating your own work opportunities in the industry. Here are a few responses to the session:
"A really insightful talk. Left feeling inspired"
"A very informative and inspiring session!"
"A very interesting and helpful workshop session"
"A brilliant workshop for our graduating 3rd years"
In this classic yet timeless play, two women and one man find themselves in a room. The door is locked and the windows are bricked up. There is no exit! Who are they? What has brought these strangers together? How long must they endure each other’s company? The answers are gradually revealed in Sartre’s fascinating examination of human behaviour.
Masterclass at The Royal Ballet School
In September 2017 John enjoyed giving a Masterclass to students at The Royal Ballet School. Fortunately, he didn't attempt any dance moves, but discussed his career and aspects of working in the performing arts industry.
In November 2017 John directed Sartre's classic, No Exit, at Barons Court Theatre. The show played to packed houses every night of it's run. Audience feedback can be seen below:
In a luxurious bedroom, two maids fantasise about killing their employer, playing out dangerous and sadistic scenarios as they plan her violent death. An intense psychological thriller, The Maids offers a vicious analysis of the class system and a provocative exploration of sexuality. This contemporary adaptation by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton was first performed by Sydney Theatre Company in 2013 and received its London premiere at Trafalgar Studios in 2016.
In February 2018, John directed Jean Genet’s The Maids. The production sold out its residency at Barons Court Theatre and will transfer to Berkofringe in Hertfordshire later this month.
Signal Failure Workshop/Rehearsed Reading
In December 2017, John played the role of Gerry in a workshop/rehearsed reading of Richard Bickley’s new play Signal Failure. This was directed by Richard Cameron, writer of Can’t Stand up for Falling Down.
As one of America’s most celebrated playwrights, Neil LaBute has enthralled audiences all over the world with his layered characters, sharp dialogue and subtle social commentaries. In Autobahn he gives us seven scenes, each set within the confines a car - an environment from which there is no escape! Inside the car the characters are forced, no matter how reluctantly, to engage in conversation. Each vignette offers a brief insight into the world of a variety of couples, resulting in a montage of intriguing character driven duologues. From the humorous to the unsettling, Autobahn offers its audience the most intriguing of theatrical road trips!
"Showcasing beautiful performances & detailed examinations of the human psyche, tightly directed by John Patterson."
"Hats off to director John Patterson for a stunning production."
In May 2018, John directed Neil LaBute's Autobahn, A Short-Play Cycle.
The production sold out a week before it opened!
In October 2018, John created the third instalment of the "Eavesdropping" franchise.
Italia Conti Masterclass
In May 2018 John gave a Masterclass to graduating 3rd years at Italia Conti. The focus of this was on creating your own work opportunities in the industry, including valuable tips on how to set up and run a successful theatre company.
Samuel Beckett Double-Bill, Footfalls and Play
In February/March 2019, John directed Samuel Beckett's Footfalls and Play. The production enjoyed a sell-out run at The Jack Studio Theatre and received 4 and 5 star reviews, which can be read below:
Cineworld Christmas Advert 2019
John has just completed filming the Cineworld Christmas advert, which will be screened in cinemas worldwide from November 2019.
Getting ready for his close-up!
Beckett trio 2020
John's first directing project of 2020 was a trio of Samuel Beckett plays; Not I, Catastrophe and Rockaby, which played a sell-out run at The Jack Studio Theatre from 25th February - 7th March.
"Really fantastic verbatim piece surrounding the topic of homelessness. Neither preaches nor dictates a singular message, but leaves you asking questions. Affecting and unnerving. Love theatre that changes you."
In December 2019, John conceptualised and directed a new piece of verbatim theatre, Stray, which explored the plight of London's homeless community and raised money for Crisis at Christmas.
Schweppes Advert 2020
In February 2020 John enjoyed filming an advert for Schweppes. The advert can be seen on Israeli Television over the coming year.
OffWestEnd Theatre Award 2020
John is delighted to have been nominated for an OffWestEnd Theatre Award - Director (Plays) for his work on Not I, Catastrophe & Rockaby
Close up Culture
"Astute direction from Beckett aficionado John Patterson (what he doesn’t know about Beckett can be written on the back of a 70p postage stamp)."
"Not I, Catastrophe & Rockaby is a triumph for Patterson."
"A frenetic, captivating hour of stranged words and striking images."
Fairy Powered Productions
"A fascinating and thought provoking hour full of powerful performances."
"This production will delight lovers of Samuel Beckett."
London Theatre 1
"There is food for thought in these brief, nuanced and assured performances."
"All three short, reflective plays are slickly performed within the hour: not a moment longer than required and at the same time, distinctly unrushed."
London Pub Theatres
"Angel Theatre Company do the Master of Minimalism proud."
"Torrents of words that gleam like jewels against the somberest of backdrops."
Further review quotes, audience feedback and production photos can be found on the Angel Theatre Company website.
Sundays in the Park With Angel 2020
When theatres closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic, John organised and directed Sundays in the Park With Angel. Over the summer months of 2020, he gathered six new plays that he believed had potential and held weekly workshops to produce an open-air rehearsed reading of each play in various London parks. The aim of the project was to facilitate creativity to continue in the most challenging time for the arts in a generation! The gatherings provided an opportunity for creatives to meet new contacts, network and share not only their concerns, but hopes for the future of our jobs and industry. John was adamant that all these sessions were live and that we met in person, not via Zoom. He deplores the suggestion that theatre may have to become recorded and streamed to survive. This will not be his “new normal” as, for John, theatre is a live event, or it is simply not theatre!