Jonathan O'Neill as John Wilkes Booth in Assassins at the
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Credits whilst training include: Actor-Musician in Peter Pan, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, Jimmy Powers in City of Angels and Domergue in The Baker's Wife (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Ensemble in Bernstein 100: MASS (RSNO).
Jonathan has also recently been involved in a couple of workshops for new musicals including Save the Seas, written by Andy McGregor and Isla Cowan and Is He Musical?, written by Jude Taylor and directed by Matt Powell.
O'Neill & SAVAGE
Jonathan and Isaac met back in 2017 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. They began working together at the end of their first year writing a song for an immersive dining experience called Bon Appétit. The following year saw them collaborating with 40+ creatives from across all disciplines at the conservatoire to stage their new one-act comedy musical, Tanya. That summer, their song Home was chosen to be performed at the New York Musical Festival as part of their song cycle Head and Heart.
During April 2020, they partnered with director and producer, Adam Lenson (ALP Productions) and co-founded Make Your Own Musicals, a company designed to provide young people with the tools to write, rehearse and perform their own mini-musicals at home. You can find out more about MYOM here.
Later that year, two of their songs were chosen as finalists in the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize. Bottle It and Home were both performed in the online concert event by West End stars Lizzie Bea and Louise Dearman respectively. In December 2020, they teamed up with Fearless Players to write The Great Elf Escape: LIVE, an online escape room musical, commissioned by the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.
At the beginning of 2021, the duo were commissioned by Isaac's alma mater, The Minster School in Southwell, Nottinghamshire to write Belongings, a contemporary song cycle exploring the connections we have to the physical objects we either choose or choose not to hold on to.
Recently, they were awarded the Bruce Millar Graduate Fellowship award by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The grant will fund the writing and workshop of a new two-hander musical, currently titled Stay, that looks at love, loss and the effects of grief. During this time, they will be developing and adopting a genderless writing format, to allow for better LGBTQIA+ representation and for both characters to be played by performers across the gender spectrum.