Jeremy James Taylor

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King's College School (Philip Swan) Print E-mail

Jeremy James Taylor's residency as Director at King's has been a resounding success. Both the Senior School and the Junior School have benefited from his remarkable experience as Founder and Artistic Director of the National Youth Music Theatre. No other director understands youth theatre better than Jeremy and he has worked his magic for us with glorious results. He has managed to direct three major musical productions at King's and given numerous workshops and lessons throughout the six months that he has been here.

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Jasper Britton Print E-mail

Jasper Britton (IMDB), now a professional actor, recalls meeting Jeremy for the first time:

When I was 12 a strange man came to my school. He wore a black velvet jacket. He smoked Hamlet cigars. He wore a Mickey Mouse watch, and he had a prominent gap in his teeth. His eccentricities aside, the weekly visits of this man to my school became the highlight of my life at the time, as we began to workshop what was to become The Ballad of Salomon Pavey. I didn't realise it at the time, because there was so much fun, but he was teaching me, and all of us involved, some very important lessons and skills. Jeremy James Taylor brought professional standards to a school play. He treated us as adults, he gave us responsibilities, he made demands of us. What he did, and does, is to bring an imagination, a driving energy, a sense of infinite choice, an awakening in the mind to a wider range of possibilities, a sense of pride and self-worth, a playfulness, all tempered with an uncompromising discipline.

Jeremy's post performance notes sessions were the toughest and most comprehensive that I have ever encountered in the Theatre. And we loved it, and we loved him, and we were proud to work with him.

Jeremy instilled in me the rigorous standards that were prevalent in theatre at that time, and which I endeavour to apply to this day. He really did teach me everything I know. And, of course, he doesn't 'have' to do any of this. He's a great Theatre Director. But he's dedicated his life to nurturing talent in young people, and giving them the gift of experiences they might never otherwise have had. For me, the experience of being a part of the NYMT was profoundly life-changing, life-enhancing. A truly formative experience. I still have my original script. I will always be indebted to JJT.
 
David Nield Print E-mail

In the twenty eight years that Jeremy has been the Artistic Director of the NYMT, his conviction in the ability of youth, his uncompromising insistence on the highest standards, his entrepreneurial skill, his boundless energy and his charisma has influenced, indeed changed the lives of thousands of children.

His impact on music theatre in this country is incalculable.

DAVID NIELD Chairman of the NYMT 1978-99

 
The Scotsman (Peter Whitebrook) Print E-mail

Under Jeremy James Taylor's untiring leadership, the NYMT [...] is now established not only as our leading national youth company but one of our great national companies, a byword for dynamism, innovation, excellence and achievement.

Such consistent success is hard to win and doubly difficult to maintain. What makes the NYMT such an essential outfit to watch and to nourish, is its fierce refusal to compromise its acting and musical standards, its unrelenting commitment to commissioning new work and its unique view of the world.

PETER WHITEBROOK writing in The Scotsman

 
The TES (Willis Pickard) Print E-mail

It has become platitudinous to reiterate that the NYMT is children’s theatre at its absolute best - a blend of amateur verve and professional discipline.

The hallmark of Jeremy James Taylor’s productions is the way in which he blends play and music and the consideration he has for the young performer’s abilities and singing voices.

WILLIS PICKARD writing in The Times Educational Supplement