Jeremy Linnell
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What I do:
Writer, Performer, facilitator and professional idiot.
A little more about me:
Play and collaboration lie at the heart of my work. I am co- founder, writer and creative director for the theatre company “Functionally Dysfunctional”. I am also one of the companies’ actors. Our company was set up to create the type of work we wanted to see and felt the arts scene was lacking. We use a mixture of scripting and devised work, often leaving gaps for improvisation between characters and audience. We believe that these live, irreplaceable moments are where theatre truly exists.
As a writer I like to create worlds slightly adjacent to our own, places where the rules and flaws are exaggerated and the consequences magnified. This can be through fantastic curses, ghosts, memory or new technology. Tragicomedy, black humour and magical realism are of particular interest.
As a performer I’m keenly interested in how physicality informs a role as much as a well-researched inner life. Growing out of the training I’ve done with physical theatre and clowning companies I’m fascinated by the way games and physical tasks can be the founding layer of a dramatic scene. A way to ease actors in to finding the emotional weight needed via their bodies.
My facilitation work is based on a foundation of play, personal truth and inclusivness. I believe art is vital for giving individuals representation and voice and want to enable everyone to have the ability to create.

I've had the pleasure of working with some wonderful companies like Hijinx Theatre, Punchdrunk Enrichment, Told by and Idiot and Tin Shed Theatre.

I'm experienced in running workshops and happy to talk about my working methods with anyone and anyone. Feel free to send me a script or pick my brain.

Much love,
Projects I’m working on:
Exploring ways to turn my short play for young people "No One Wants To Be In Hufflepuff" in to a longer piece.

Functionally Dysfunctional are seeking more venues to expose Cleft to and looking at touring our show about the seedy world of psychics "Behind The Veil". We also have a new podcast show coming in May; a sketch show about conspiracies, madness and mayhem called "Conspicuously Inconspicuous".

I am also research and developing a storytelling show about drag and gender identity with the wonderful Zoe Goodachre.
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Keeping Theatre Relevant To Young People And Their Families (Part 3)


Hi, welcome back to the final part of my blog series on increasing diversity in youth arts to ensure engagement of young people and their families. We ended the last instalment of this blog by asking what is diversity so let’s dive right in. Although I’ve tried to ensure this part stands alone it is building on thoughts and discussion from parts 1 and 2 so I suggest you go read those first.  Here’s a link to part 2, which has a link to part 1:…


Posted on December 1, 2017 at 14:15

Keeping Theatre Relevant To Young People And Their Families (Part 2)

Welcome back. If you've not read part 1 I'd suggest doing so here as this part continues from there:

To summarise the last part; we discussed the importance of guiding young people and being a point of contact for their journey in…


Posted on November 23, 2017 at 11:29

Keeping Theatre Relevant To Young People And Their Families (Part 1)

Part 1

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending a symposium on “Keeping Theatre Relevant For Young People and Families” arranged by TYA and based on a research trip to ASSITJ, the international youth arts conference, in Cape Town. Among those who undertook the research trip were six artists from various fields selected to pair up with key industry voices. The symposium covered a number of topics but I felt…


Posted on November 14, 2017 at 14:44

Hello TEAM Panel, and a wary greeting to 2017.

So. TEAM Panel. Me. TEAM panel AND me. Oof. Let’s start with me. Narcissists never change.

I’m Jeremy, I’m a writer, performer, professional idiot and general weirdo.  I’m based in Cardiff and now I’m on TEAM Panel.  That’s not really saying anything new though.

Shit. Ok. So I’ve applied for Panel before but this time I was successful. Yay.  I guess that makes me a successful failure, but then I always was an oxymoron. Without the oxy.

So as you may or may not know…


Posted on January 8, 2017 at 16:30

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At 12:38 on December 13, 2012, Anna Poole said…

Hi Jeremy,

Welcome to TEAM!

Have a look around the group to see if there are any opportunities you are interested in and to see what other TEAM members are up to around Wales. If you would like to know more about TEAM please feel free to contact me via the community or send me an e-mail to

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