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JACK BOWMAN

 

-  WRITER  -  DIRECTOR  -  PRODUCER  -  INDUSTRY TUTOR  -  

 

CONTACT

 
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NEWS

 

JACK BOWMAN'S CURRENT DIRECTING / PRODUCTION SLATE

2018 - 2019:

TITLE WITHHELD, Audio Dramatisation - MARCH/APRIL 2018

STARBURST FESTIVAL, Live Audio Co-Production - In Development - MARCH 2018

NIGHT OF THE ORCHID by Marty Ross, Audio Drama, Wireless Theatre [Post-Production] - APRIL 2018

Untitled Theatre Production, TBC. Associate Producing - In Development

TITLE WITHHELD Audio Dramatisation - JUNE 2018

WAVELENGTHS by Richard Appleby, Theatre - In Development

TITLE WITHHELD Audio Dramatisation - SEPTEMBER 2018

Untitled Musical Production, TBC. Associate Producing - In Development

TITLE WITHHELD Audio Dramatisation - NOVEMBER 2018

TITLE WITHHELD Audio Series, 2018-2019, Co-Writing and Creative Producing - In Development

 
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ABOUT

 

Jack is an experienced, multi-award-winning Writer, Director and Producer with sixteen years experience across the disciplines of Theatre, Theatre Venue Management, Audio and Feature Film Production.

Based in North London, Jack works as a Freelance Creative across the UK. He has a keen interest in genre-based story-telling, specifically Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. 

He has served as the Associate Director of LOST Theatre, directing notable in-house productions such as JERUSALEM and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2014 - 2016), as a Senior Producer and Kids Producer for The Wireless Theatre Company (2009-2014), before its transformation into Wireless Theatre Ltd. 

There, he serves as Senior Producer, primarily as the Creative Co-Producer of the THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA and was Acting Artistic Director during 2015.

Since 2010, Jack has been writing and producing with Robert Valentine, and as of 2015, they are the Co-Founders of Penny Gaff Productions Ltd, where Jack serves as Creative Producer.

To connect with Jack on Twitter, search for:

@realjackbowman

 
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AUDIO

AS WRITER...

After writing his debut play, FROZEN, Jack was approached by Mariele Runacre Temple to adapt the piece as an audio production. It became the first production commissioned by the fledgling Wireless Theatre Company, and remained its most popular download for six months. Afterwards, he was commissioned to write SEASONS specifically for Prunella Scales and Timothy West. Around this time, additional commissions began for 3DHorrorFi and the London Festival Fringe. Around 2007, Robert Valentine and Jack began developing a new audio series for Wireless Theatre. The concept was simple - a Victorian Detective hunting a notorious monster through the streets of London, which became the multi-award-winning THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA...  

Since then they have co-authored the complete SPRINGHEEL SAGA series, PHONOPHOBIA and the award-winning HG Well's-inspired DEAD LONDON.

 

AUDIO WRITING CREDITS:

FROZEN (adaptation), The Wireless Theatre Company, 2007.

SEASONS, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2008.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series One: The Strange Case of Springheel’d Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2010-2011.

THE INTRUDER (3D), 3DHorrorFi, 2010.

PHONOPHOBIA*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2010.

AUTOPSY (3D), 3D HorrorFi, 2011.

STAGE FRIGHT (adaptation), Wireless Theatre Company, 2011.

BEAR WITH ME, The London Festival Fringe, 2011. 

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series Two: The Legend of Springheel'd Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

DEAD LONDON*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series Three: The Secret of Springheel'd Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2015-2016

*Co Written with Robert Valentine

 

AS DIRECTOR...

Eighteen months after writing and performing in audio productions for Wireless Theatre, Jack was offered the opportunity to direct his first audio piece, SPOOK SQUAD, which featured DAVID BENSON (Boris: World King, Think No Evil Of Us). After that, he directed several pieces for Wireless Theatre Kids, and was engaged to direct WE ARE NOT THE BBC with CHRISTOPHER TIMOTHY (All Creatures Great and Small, Doctors).  The sequel, WE ARE THE BBC, featured STEPHEN FRY and NICHOLAS PARSONS (Just A Minute).  He also directed BRIAN BLESSED and JO BRAND in two LIFE AT DEATH'S DOOR documentaries, and JULIET STEVENSON in THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD.

 

SELECTED AUDIO DIRECTING CREDITS

SPOOK SQUAD, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2009.

WE ARE NOT THE BBC, The WirelessTheatre Company, 2011.

WE ARE THE BBC, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

LIFE AT DEATH'S DOOR, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

THE SPRINGHEEL FILES, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013, 2014.

LIFE AT DEATH'S DOOR II, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2014.

SWEATBOX, Wireless Theatre Ltd, 2015.

PLUS ONE, Wireless Theatre Ltd. / Actor's Guild of Great Britain, 2015.

THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD, Wireless Theatre Ltd., 2015.

 

AS PRODUCER...

After the commissioning of the first series of THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA, Jack became a Co-Producer of the property alongside Robert Valentine and Mariele Runacre Temple. At the Wireless Theatre Company, from 2011, he was In-House Producer of Wireless Theatre Kids productions. During the post-production hiatus of Series 1 and 2, Jack served as producer of Moving Theatre's CARMEN, featuring cast members from the West End's SHOWSTOPPERS! Between Series 2 and 3, both Robert and Jack produced DEAD LONDON and its associated transmedia footage, all directed by GEORGE MADDOCKSWhen the company transformed into Wireless Theatre Ltd in 2014, he became a Senior Producer

In 2017, he joined the Wireless Theatre Audible production team, where he assisted with the production of Treasure Island (starring Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate and Owen Teale) before producing Murder On The Orient Express with Tom Conti, Sophie Okonedo, Jane Asher, Rula Lenska, Paterson Joseph, Ruta Gerdmintas and Eddie Marsan. Both were directed by David Beck.

For Wireless Theatre, he oversaw in-house productions including the 2017 Christmas release I Heart Amy and The Night of the Orchid for Spring 2018.

 

AUDIO PRODUCING CREDITS:

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series One: The Strange Case of Springheel’d Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2010-2011.

SHARED, Wireless Theatre Company, 2011.

THE DIARY OF A MADMAN, Wireless Theatre Company, 2011.

CARMEN, Moving Theatre / The Wireless Theatre Company, 2012.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series Two: The Legend of Springheel'd Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

DEAD LONDON, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - Series Three: The Secret of Springheel'd Jack*, The Wireless Theatre Company, 2015-2016.

MURDER, REVOLUTION AND TRAFFIC WARDENS, Funny Women / Wireless Theatre Company, 2016.

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THEATRE

AS A WRITER...

After graduating with a Degree in Drama, (including Acting and Theatre Administration), Jack started in the Industry as an actor, performing for five years. In 2005, he turned to writing, penning his first theatre piece entitled FROZEN, which premiered at the Etcetera Theatre in 2006. He has penned other theatre productions, (originally under his pen-name of Gareth Parker, which he retired in 2013) for venues such as Leicester Square Theatre, LOST Theatre, The Roundhouse and contributed to the Canal Cafe's NewsRevue as a Director and Writer. 

 

THEATRE WRITING CREDITS:

FROZEN, Etcetera Theatre, 2006.

FROZEN, LOST Theatre, 2007.

SEASONS, LOST Theatre, 2010.

PHONOPHOBIA*, Leicester Square Theatre / The Wireless Theatre Company, 2010.

THE FEARLESS YOUTH, Roundhouse Theatre / The Wireless Theatre Company, 2011.

NIGHT OF THE HELLHOUND: LIVE!*, LOST Theatre, 2014. 

*Co-written by Robert Valentine

AS DIRECTOR...

Jack began directing for theatre in 2010, with a stage adaptation of his audio play, SEASONS. In 2013, he was selected to direct the 10th Anniversary production of ACS Random's The Shakespeare Conspiracy, which was met with critical acclaim. After this, he directed NewsRevue for - the world's longest running satire theatre show - for Canal Cafe. In 2014, he was appointed the Associate Director of LOST Theatre after directing At Porlock Weir for their Five Minute Festival. As their Associate, he directed notable productions such as Jerusalem and Let The Right One In, before leaving in 2016, to pursue freelance production opportunities in Theatre, Film and Audio.

 

THEATRE DIRECTING CREDITS:

SEASONS, LOST Theatre, 2010.

THE SHAKESPEARE CONSPIRACY, ACS Random/Chelsea Theatre, 2012.

NEWSREVUE, Canal Cafe Theatre, 2013.

VALLEY HOUSE, London Horror Festival/Etcetera Theatre/The Wireless Theatre Company, 2013.

AT PORLOCK WEIR, LOST Theatre, 2013.

NIGHT OF THE HELLHOUND: LIVE! LOST Theatre, 2014.

HOSPITAL FOOD, LOST Theatre / National Theatre Connections, 2015.

HOSPITAL FOOD, Tricycle Theatre/National Theatre Connections, 2015.

JERUSALEM, LOST Theatre, 2015.

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, LOST Theatre, October 2015.

ECLIPSE*, LOST Theatre / National Theatre Connections, 2016.

ECLIPSE*, Hammersmith Lyric / National Theatre Connections, 2016.

HAUNTED PEOPLE, Fred's Place, So & So Arts Club, 2016.

*Co-Directed with Marie Rabe

 

AS PRODUCER...

AGENT NOVEMBER, Producer for Agent November, July 2016 - Present.

UNDEAD ESCAPES 2016, Producer for Undead Escapes, October 2016.

HAUNTED PEOPLE by Richard Appleby. Directed and Co-Producer, Rehearsed Reading, So & So Arts Club, November 2016. 

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FILM

To find out more about Robert Valentine and Jack Bowman's Feature Film projects, please visit PENNY GAFF PRODUCTIONS for more information...

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The Springheel Saga

 

Originally beginning life in 2000 as a sketchy Television outline based on an obscure entry found in an encyclopaedia of the Paranormal, THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA was properly developed in 2007, this time for audio. It marked the first collaboration between Robert Valentine and Jack Bowman (writing under his pen-name Gareth Parker). A series pitch was presented to Mariele Runacre Temple at The Wireless Theatre Company, initially as a potential pilot commission. However, all three episodes of Series One were commissioned and recording began in 2010...

SERIES ONE - THE STRANGE CASE OF SPRINGHEEL'D JACK

Clapham, 1837. A terrifying apparition stalks the night! Constable Jonah Smith must avoid a pair of vicious killers in his hunt for the mysterious figure who will come to be known as… Springheel Jack!

Formal development of THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA began in 2008, with scripting and workshops undertaken during 2009. During this period, distinguished voice actor Christopher Finney (Wizards Versus Aliens, In The Flesh) was approached about taking the lead role of Jonah Smith. Securing a vocally versatile performer was an important step - the series lead would potentially pursue Springheel Jack over a forty year period, should the entire saga be produced!

Additional casting was taken from the workshops, including Matthew Jure as Toby Hooks, Jessica Dennis as Charlotte Fitzrandolph and Colin Holt as the Chief. Finally, the casting was completed with the addition of Julian Glover - a legendary actor of many cult gems including Doctor Who, For Your Eyes Only, The Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade - taking the role of Lord Septimus WaylandThey lead a cast of over 36 actors who contributed to the finished three-part series!

Released between 2010 - 2011, Series One was greeted with critical acclaim, award recognition and instantly found its place within the audio audience community as a 'must-listen to' production. Series Two and Series Three were then commissioned in 2011 for back-to-back production before Series One completed release... 

SERIES TWO - THE LEGEND OF SPRINGHEEL'D JACK

LONDON, 1845. When a fire-breathing maniac kills 13-year-old Maria Davis, Springheel Jack is blamed. Detective Inspector Jonah Smith is hot on the trail but soon finds himself accused of an equally terrible crime…

Series Two and Three were written and (mostly) produced back-to-back during 2010-2012. Due to the ambitious nature of the schedules, THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA used four separate studios across London. Both Christopher Finney and Jessica Dennis returned, joined by newcomers Andrew Shepherd, Josephine Timmins and Neil McCormack, along with guest star appearances from Nicholas Parsons (Just A Minute, Doctor Who), Jeremy Stockwell, Ashley McGuire (Derek, David Brent: Life On The Road). 

Series Two was released in 2013 to coincide with The Wireless Theatre Company's relaunch as Wireless Theatre Ltd, and received unanimous critical praise. THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA was also awarded its second Ogle Award, selected for the Prix Nova Audio Festival in Romania and named Best Non-Doctor Who Audio Drama by the readers of Outpost Skaro. But while most of Series Three had been recorded at the same time, there was still work to do... 

SERIES THREE - THE SECRET OF SPRINGHEEL'D JACK

UNITED KINGDOM, 1877. When Aldershot Barracks is attacked by the flame-wreathed ‘Night Terror’, Jonah Smith is called out of retirement by Her Majesty’s Government and sent on one final, deadly mission – to capture Springheel Jack!

While the majority of regular and support cast recording work had been undertaken in 2012, the team had to wait a little longer for some special guest stars to join Series Three in separete recording sessions. These were Jenny Runacre (Jubilee, The Witches), Louis Tamone (Hollyoaks, NTA Award-Nominee), David Benson (who has appeared in every single series), Shane Rimmer (Thunderbirds, The Spy Who Loved Me, Batman Begins) and Matthew Kelly (Olivier Winner for Best Actor).

However, the wait went on a little longer as the production awaited a royal visit - its very own Queen Victoria in the form of Doctor Who legend Katy Manning! Upon completion of her scene-stealing cameo, post-production began, completing nearly half a decade of work bringing Springheel Jack to life for the 21st Century. Series Three won acclaim once more and completed the hat-trick - a third US Ogle Award.

It remains Wireless Theatre's most critically acclaimed, downloaded and awarded series production to-date.

 

BEYOND THE AUDIO SERIES

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA during Series Two was accompanied by it's only 'making of' podcast series, called THE SPRINGHEEL FILES, narrated by Cameron K. McEwan, while it has been celebrated in special online features, conventions (including two successive WorldCons in 2014 and 2015) and in print. It is heavily featured in John Matthews book, The Mystery of Springheel Jack, where Matthews declares it, "so densely is it woven that it... remains the most fully worked-out story of Jack to date." 

The series has been retooled for potential on-going TV Series or a Feature Film trilogy adaptation by Robert and Jack.

 

 

 

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

FROZEN: 

Best Writing Nomination, Special Commendation, 2007, LOST One Act Festival

SEASONS:

Nominated for Best Direction, Best Writing, Best Overall Play, 2010, LOST One Act Festival.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - SERIES ONE:

Nominated for Best Drama Production, Radio Production Awards, 2011;

Nominations for Best Creative and Best Radio Drama Producer, Radio Production Awards, 2011. 

Winner of the Silver Mark Time Ogle for Best Horror/Fantasy Audio In The World, Mark Time Awards, 2011; 

Twenty Best Radio Dramas of 2012, Radio Drama Review; 

Festival Selection for WorldCon, USA, 2015;

Nominated for Best Drama Production, British Public Radio Awards, 2013.

LIFE AT DEATH'S DOOR: 

Winner of Best Documentary (Long-Form), British Public Radio Awards, 2013.

DEAD LONDON: 

Winner of Best Production (Gold Award), War Of The Worlds 75, USA, 2013.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - SERIES TWO: 

Winner of the Gold Mark Time Ogle for Best Horror/Fantasy Audio In The World, Mark Time Awards, 2013; 

Best Non-Doctor Who Audio Drama, Outpost Skaro, 2014. 

Festival Selections for WorldCon, London, 2014; WorldCon, USA, 2015; Prix Nova, Romania, 2014; HEARNow Festival, USA 2014; long-listed for Geekie Awards 2014, USA.

THE SPRINGHEEL SAGA - SERIES THREE:

Winner of the Silver Mark Time Ogle Award for Best Fantasy Audio In The World, 2016;

Festival Selections for WorldCon, USA, 2015, Prix Nova, Romania, 2017; HEARNow Festival, USA 2017;

Finalist for Best Podcast Drama, New York Festival Radio Awards, 2017.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd:

Winner of the Silver Award for Best Drama Special, New York Festival Radio Awards, 2016. 

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TESTIMONIALS, REVIEWS AND COMMENTARY

 

FROZEN:

"A hell of a play... excellent,” Adrian Brown, Director and Theatre Critic. 

“A strong piece...”, The Stage.

 

The Shakespeare Conspiracy:

“A stellar cast with faultless comic timing.... a comedy, a tragedy and the greatest love story ever told, doused with humour and nimbly choreographed sword fights... what’s not to like?” Public Reviews (* * * * and 1/⁄2).

“An almost perfect play... The Shakespeare Conspiracy is a triumph. RUN to get a ticket for this show.” ShineSquad.

"Witty and intelligent... Jack Bowman is successful in portraying the story..." One Stop Arts (* * * *).

"A fast-paced, melodramatic and meta-theatrical delight that draws its audience in with a constant blend of glowing pop- culture references and intelligent narrative... fast-paced direction and genius concept." What's Peen Seen (* * * *)

“There is much to enjoy... performances are wonderfully exuberant and the production as a whole is a lot of fun.” Exeunt. 

 

Night of the Hellhound: LIVE!

“A blast from start to finish and something that’s unique and wonderfully enjoyable.... Bowman’s direction is meticulous... inventively original.”, Grumpy Gay Critic (* * * *).

“Worth a spooky night out...”, Off West End (* * * *). 

“Four-star evening of entertainment...”, Croydon Press (* * * *). 

 

Jerusalem:

“LOST Theatre's production of Jerusalem is wonderful”, Deborah Orr, Guardian Critic.

“Director Jack Bowman also tackles the play with fantastic precision... a successful revival of Butterworth’s play", Tessa Hart, Remote Goat (* * * *).

 

The Springheel Saga:

“Wonderful and full of bravura,” Dirk Maggs, BBC Radio Producer/Director.

"I have never heard a finer studio production," Richard Fish, Lodestone Media, USA

"Excellent writing, performances, sound design and music," Chatterblog

"I'm hooked... Fantastic acting, action and great effects..." Geek Syndicate

"A true find for all audio enthusiasts!" Regent Times

"Another good reason to visit The Wireless Theatre Company", Nebula One

"A lip smacking melodrama", Audio Drama Review.

“Writing and production of evident quality," Starburst Magazine.

"The Springheel Saga Series 2 is another triumph," Frost Magazine.

"An all-out success. Not to be missed!" The Morgue of Intrigue.

"Among the best mysteries we’ve heard in recent memory," Radio Drama Revival.

"Compelling writing and strong characters on display in this brilliantly crafted thriller,” Hammer Horror Podcast.

"The Legend of Springheel’d Jack has the fun, richness, grit and grandeur of a high-budget film..." Tim Prasil

“Look up the Wireless Theatre Company, search out The Springheel Saga... Series Three is out and looks to be a great finish to the Saga... if you like classic stories classy told, this will be right up your street.” Starburst Blue Box Podcast

“With a shock cliffhanger ending to this first half hour episode, I’m eager to see how the story will now unfold and to finally discover the Secret of Springheel’d Jack...” Susan Oman, Garbage File.

“In many ways it’s the best and most entertaining instalment of the series so far... if you’re minded to enjoy Victoriana, audio drama and the supernatural, it is well worth seeking out the Wireless website to partake of the story... 9/10” JR Southhall, Starburst Magazine.

“With an explosive opening and several major twists early on, the stage is being set for a grand finale and the end of Jonah Smith’s personal war with the supernatural killer.” Callum Shephard, Starburst Magazine.

“Fun in a truly believably Victorian setting... events have grown and the stakes are higher than ever... It leaves you wanting more – exactly as it should. It’s every bit as polished and well produced as the best” Derek Dunnington, Outpost Skaro.

“I'm very impressed so far... dark and very atmospheric... very suspenseful and atmospheric.. it's very good. Well worth taking a chance on...” The Divergent Universe. 

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Industry tutor

Industry TUTOR / SPEAKER Experience:

LAMDA, Voicereels Tutor, (2012 – 2015).

BVE 'Radio Online' Debate, (2012).

RADA, Voicereels Tutor, (2013 – Present).

BVE 'Radio of the Future' Debate, (2013).

Prix Marulic Radio Festival, UK Jury Representative, (2013).

SPID, Radio Tutor, (2014).

New College Worcester, Audio Tutor, (2013, 2015).

SPID, Audio Facilitator, (2014, 2015, 2016).

So & So Arts Club UK, Mentor, (2015 – Present). 

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CONTACT JACK

To contact Jack Bowman directly regarding production matters, please use the web form below.

Any professional writing or directing engagement enquiries will be directed to Jack's representation at the current time.

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To connect with Jack on Twitter, search for:

@realjackbowman