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Speech & Drama

All enquiries to the Section Co-Ordinator: Mrs Ann Reed, 01404 850366, Email

Adjudicator:

Jonathan Owen Cert. Ed. (drama & music) TESOL, Trinity MSTSD

Jonathan trained as a Music & Drama teacher at Birmingham Universitiy’s Faculty of Education.  For Trinity College, London, he has examined Speech, Drama, Effective Communication and Musical Theatre across the United Kingdom, and throughout India and New Zealand.  As a member of The International Federation of Adjudicators he has adjudicated festivals throughout the UK and in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. This Autumn he returns to adjudicate the Hong Kong Festival for his thrid consecutive year.

As an actor he has appeared in numerous radio plays for BBC Radio 4, and is best remembered as Terry Barford in The Archers, a role he played for ten years.  His television work is extensive amounting to over 50 appearances in TV Dramas and ‘soaps’, including Coronation St., Heartbeat, Emmerdale, Doctors, London’s Burning, Triangle and All Creatures Great & Small.

As an actor he has appeared in London’s West-End theatre in: Jesus Christ Superstar (The Palace), Call Me Madam (Victoria Palace), Singin’ In The Rain (The Palladium), Ziegfeld (The Palladium) and Having A Ball (The Comedy).

In the provinces Jonathan has played most major theatres, where some of his favourite roles include: Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (York), The King in The King & I (Weston), Harry Roat in Wait Until Dark (Jersey), Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit and Mrs Swabb in Habeas Corpus (Isle of Man).  His national tours include: Charlie Girl, Some Like It Hot, ‘Allo ‘Allo and Singin’ In The Rain which also went to Tokyo.  Jonathan is also one of the United Kingdom’s experts on British Pantomime and one of the most established Pantomime ‘Dames’.

He is the author of the stageplay Teapots and Superglue, a comedy-drama that has received much critical acclaim.