Since leaving Drama School, Jane has pursued two careers, one as a director of theatre and opera, the other as a writer.
For her own company, the English Chamber Theatre (President, Dame Judi Dench) she wrote, and directed, over 30 productions. These productions, many of which were biographical, took her all over the world. She also worked as a freelance director and writer, and this involved her meeting and working with some fascinating people including – Margot Fonteyn, Robert Helpmann, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Anthony Quinn, Derek Jacobi, Jessye Norman, and many others. She spent time between 1995 and 2003, working in theatres in Bermuda and North Carolina.
For 10 years she was the Artistic Director of Opera UK – and apart from directing operas and concerts – she wrote three English translations of librettos and an original oratorio, The People’s Passion. This work was filmed for BBC 1 and is available on DVD. Jane also wrote an original children’s opera, Hello Mr Darwin, a work for young children and professional singers.
All her work is now under one umbrella, TJM PRODUCTIONS.
Jane produced two recordings on the Delos label, which were adaptations of Peter Pan and Lamb’s Tales of Shakespeare, both starring Derek Jacobi. Her carol, This Christmastide, was first performed by Jessye Norman for a TV Special, filmed in Ely Cathedral and recorded on Philips DVD. The sheet music for the carol is available from Fred Bock Music Publisher and it has now become a standard Christmas favourite, especially in the USA.
Since 2013 Jane has concentrated on fiction. She is now in the process of writing The Rawlings Trilogy. The first book in the trilogy, The Strange Year of E G Rawlings, was published by JJMoffs in 2019 and received excellent 5* reviews.
The sequel, A Year of Trials for E G Rawlings, will be published in spring 2021, with the final book due in 2022.
Jane wrote her Three Lives Trilogy in 2014. Parallel Lines was followed by Triangles in Squares and Full Circle.
In 2016 her novel based on the ‘Sacco and Vanzetti Case’, The Brini Boy, was published.
She has also published two slim anthologies of verse, Between Sanity and Madness and Saint or Monster.
Her conversations with her grand-daughter, Do’s it have a Hamster? was published in 2016.
All her books are available from Amazon and all have received 5* reviews.
Jane has four children, ten grandchildren and is now based in Putney, London.