I am a writer, dramaturg and researcher who specialises in mental health and suicide in contemporary performance. London, UK.


PhD (2017) in Drama, University of Exeter

MA (2009) in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

BA (2007) in Politics and Philosophy, Cardiff University


Venn, Jon. (2020) Madness in Contemporary British Theatre – Resistances and Representations, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming.

Venn, Jon (2019) ‘Performing Symptoms: Staging the Diagnostic Gaze’ in The Cambridge Companion to Theatre and Science, ed. Kirsten Shepard-Barr. Cambridge: CUP. Forthcoming.

Venn, Jon. (2019) ‘It Didn’t Happen Like This: Suicide, Voice and Witnessing in Dead Centre’s Lippy’, Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 21-36.

Venn, Jon. (2018) ‘Hearing Silence and the Ethical Encounter with the Mad Person in Dylan Tighe’s RECORD’, Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance, Vol. 8, No. 1. pp. 49–63.

Blog Posts


    ‘Infectious Suicides’ speaks to an urgent concern in the responsibility of performance with regards to performance, responding to a rise in public discourse with suicide rates, care, and prevention. This project will be the first substantive study of the relationship between psychosocial conceptions of suicide and performance. It will analyze the influence of such an ‘epidemiology’ and critique both the possibilities and limitations of a disease-centred understanding of suicide. Beyond this, it will be the first project to examine how theatre can enhance or trouble these epidemiological understandings of suicide

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