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Mr Jon Lee

Mr Jon Lee

Arts and Performance

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As a British/Asian practitioner, I trained in theatre directing at Rose Bruford, then MA Body in Performance at Laban. I began lecturing at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martin’s, then joined London South Bank’s Drama department as a visiting lecturer in 2009. I became a senior lecturer in 2012. My practice centres on Dirty Market, a theatre company I co-founded in 2007.

My publications include:

- Two short articles for DIY Theatre (2010) and DIY Theatre 2 (2012), edited by R. Daniels

- Alchemical Adaptations, a chapter in Leonora Carrington: Living Legacy (2019) edited by A. Cox, J. Hewison & M. Man

- Diffractive Dramaturgy: A Performance Practice for Complicated Times in Performance Research Vol 25 Issue 5, (2020) edited by Annouchka Bayley.

My practice is centred on his work with Dirty Market Theatre:

We devise new work and do adaptations, usually to be performed in non-theatre spaces. Our process begins with sharing personal responses to source material - we work with a mix of performers with different backgrounds and the weaving together of different styles and responses into a cohesive whole is the principal focus of our process. Our last four productions have been supported by the Arts Council England, and we were also commissioned by Ovalhouse Theatre in 2012, and Theatre Delicatessen in 2017, to make pieces. For more information on Dirty Market:


Time Out - Show of the week - Critic's choice - **** - Fringe Show of the Year
"...this scintillating new version of Euripides’ ‘Bacchae’... made for a unique, exhilarating experience... There are certainly thrills to had from Dirty Market." - Time Out

Something About You (makes me want to kill you)

"This show is good: inventive, intelligent and interesting... If you're in or near Peckham I recommend you see Something About You, as it's well worth the trip" – Plays to See

Be Good Revolutionaries

"As an experience, Be Good Revolutionaries feels intimate, immediate, and at times dangerous.... Be Good Revolutionaries plants seeds in its audience’s minds that will continue to grow long after we have left our seats." - Curtain Up

Oxbow Lakes

“Theatre company Dirty Market have a reputation for aesthetic verve and rigour and they don’t disappoint with this deliriously warped fairy tale.” **** Time Out

The Hearing Trumpet

“A wonderful collective experience, beautifully and intricately staged… gloriously frenetic... The Hearing Trumpet embraces the audience and takes them along for the ride, and what a fabulous ride it is too.” Theatre Weekly

Dirty Market has also developed and shared practice via workshops and courses: Rough Classics & Black Box theatre events.

Courses taught

Acting and Performance - BA (Hons)

Diffractive Dramaturgy: A Performance Practice for Complicated Times
Lee, J. (2020). Diffractive Dramaturgy: A Performance Practice for Complicated Times. Performance Research: a journal of the performing arts. 25 (5), pp. 114-121.

Alchemical Adaptations: Performing Leonora Carrington's The Hearing Trumpet
Lee, J and Sowerby, Georgina (2020). Alchemical Adaptations: Performing Leonora Carrington's The Hearing Trumpet. in: Mann, Michelle (ed.) Living Legacies: Leonora Carrington Vernon press.

The Hearing Trumpet
Lee, J and Sowerby, G (2017). The Hearing Trumpet.