Phoebe Frances Brown trained at The Television Workshop in Nottingham and graduated from University of Birmingham with a First Class Honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts. She is also a writer/performer in an all-female comedy sketch group Major Labia. Theatre credits include: Life According to Saki (New York Theatre Workshop / Edinburgh Fringe), Starting Out (Birmingham REP / Hackney Showroom), Jump! We'll Catch You / Unknown Male (Birmingham REP), A Christmas Carol (Pegasus Theatre). TV credits: My Mad Fat Diary (Tiger Aspect), Diddy Movies (CBBC).
A trained journalist, Jane is an occasional freelance copywriter and increasingly full-time playwright.Her first play Bones premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe where it received 5* reviews. This year Jane has written commissioned plays including Swimmingfor Menagerie Theatre Company and All the Little Lights for Fifth Word. She is currently developing Finding Nana, a play about her maternal grandmother funded initially by Arts Council England through the Theatre Writing Partnership. In 2013, Jane received a bursary from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation to support her playwriting work. She is also an associate artist of 1623 Theatre.
Jane Upton is represented by Micheline Steinberg Associates, [email protected]
Recent designs: Spamalot (Mercury & UK tour, IMF Korea); The York Suffragettes ( Pilot Theatre & York); Footloose(UK tour); all female POSH(London); Sweeney Todd (Derby & Mercury); American Idiot (West End & UK Tour); Brideshead Revisited, (English Touring Theatre & York); Any Means Necessaryand How to Breathe (Nottingham); The Snow Queen, costume (Northampton);Blood (Tamasha); Dancehall and The Glee Club (Doncaster); Betty Blue Eyes (Mercury, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool & Salisbury).
Other credits include: Hello Dolly!, Gypsy, Hot Stuff! (Curve);The King and I (UK tour); Spring Storm & Beyond the Horizon (National Theatre & Northampton); Wind In The Willows, Alice In Wonderlandand The Wizard of Oz (Northampton); Helter Skelter/Land of The Dead/ The Furies (Bush & tour); Forgotten Things and Ugly(Red Ladder); Treasure island (Derby); The Elixir of Love ( Grange Park Opera, co-design); Romeo and Juliet and Eden End(ETT); Return To The Forbidden Planet (UK tour); Dead Funny (UK tour); The Crypt Project (site specific, Holborn); The Ladykillers(Northcott); Union Street (Plymouth); Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens.
Associate Artist at The Mercury, (2008 -2012) including: Saturday Night & Sunday Morning; Private Lives;Quadrophenia; Top Girls; The Lonesome West; King David; Journey's End; DEPOT.
Associate Designer with English Touring Theatre: including The York Realist (tour & West End); King Lear (The Old Vic).
Awards: Edinburgh Fringe First; John Elvery Theatre Design Award; Vision Design Award (BBC). Nominated Broadway World Award (Set & Costume) and Whats On Stage (Costume) for American Idiot.