Hello! I’m Jasper Cresdee-Hyde, a writer, actor, and director, currently in my second year studying Politics and International Relations at St John’s College, University of Cambridge. Here you’ll find a collection of my work, from film to photography to essays.
At Cambridge, I’m deeply involved in Cambridge Theatre, film, and radio, writing, acting and directing across numerous productions. (a complete list is available at the above link!) From 2020-21, I served as New Writing Officer for The Marlowe Society, one of Cambridge’s oldest theatrical societies, and I am the incoming President of The Lady Margaret Players – the St John’s theatre troupe. Outside of theatre, as a student from an access background, I’m deeply passionate about outreach, and I love getting immersed in programmes to help and inspire students from access backgrounds to come to Cambridge.
When I was 19, I wrote, directed, produced, and edited Tales from the Apocalypse, a feature-length sci-fi fantasy adventure about the end of the world, starring an ensemble cast of up-and-coming young British actors. Featuring an original score by Maddie Ashman and music by Tom Rosenthal, Tales is now streaming on Amazon Prime UK.
I am a former editor of The Social Review, a journal for new left-wing thinking which has attracted writing and interviews from figures across the Labour Party and the wider left movement, including addition to academics, journalists, think tanks and MPs. In 2019, I created The Social Review Podcast, a weekly show attracting 300-400 regular listeners, featuring current affairs analysis from members of the editorial team as well as interviews with a range of fascinating political thinkers and figures, such as Anneliese Dodds and Jonathan Ashworth (Shadow Chancellor and Shadow Health Secretary, respectively), Dr Sam Friedman (Associate Professor of Sociology at the LSE), political journalist and author Marie le Conte, Matthew Laurence of the economics think tank, Common Wealth, and many, many more. I moved on from the Podcast in 2021, after producing, hosting, and editing over sixty episodes.
In March 2018, I completed two weeks of BBC Work Experience, working on important investigations within Watchdog and Rogue Traders, such as exposing illegal puppy farms and malpractice in Iceland.
In August 2018, I starred in a historical comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe and Camden Fringe, Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?, produced by Slipshod Theatre. In 2019, I became the company’s Director of Media, overseeing video production and publicity of Space Junk: A Soviet Musical. We also manage Binge Fringe, a fringe theatre review blog!