Who we are

Founded in Brighton in 2012, Fight or Flight Productions began over a cup of coffee with the aim to create provocative and sensually gripping theatre by journeying into the dark spaces of our minds – stepping into the black, confronting the scary, reflecting the uncomfortable and making it home.

Now operating from London we’ve been a few people over the years, but right now we are Jess and Ross. Fight or Flight alumni include: Kieran Chapman (co-founder), Duncan Drury, Sarah Gillet, Rosemary Terry, and Cody Bamford Bridges – who have all given headspace and heartspace to our theatrical journey.

Fight or Flight are Associate Artists of the Lion and Unicorn theatre, 2019-2021.

Jess Barton

Ross Kernahan

Jess is an experienced and critically acclaimed fringe theatre director. Her work mostly focuses on new writing, primarily that which examines what it means to be human.

After graduating from Sussex University in 2012 with a degree in Drama and English Literature, specialising in the uncanniness of reflection and the use of blood work in performance, she co-founded Fight or Flight productions in 2012, vowing to never include real blood in her shows.

With a passion for authentic and honest storytelling, Jess is fascinated with body language and the nuance of non-verbal communication. Her interest in theatre extends from a desire to expose the inner workings of the human psyche – revealing the instinctual, the carnal, the flawed vulnerability.

As Associate Director for Proforça Theatre Company, Jess co-directed the Standing Ovation nominated productions of AAAAA and At Last, as well as directing OffComm commended FEEL MORE. She regularly creates work with The Space – including OnComm commended LOVE/RUIN as part of their online season ‘Locked Down Looking Up’, and the debut production of Katie Duncan’s REFUGE in 2021.

Ross is an actor, writer, director & producer. He graduated from Sussex University in 2015 with a degree in English Literature specialising in Drama & Performance and joined Fight or Flight productions in 2013.

Though grounded in literature & performance Ross has a passion for philosophy, science, visual art & music. His interest in theatre stems from the baseness of what it is to be instinctively alive and human in this increasingly modern world: creating scenes with visuals and sounds that work in harmony or disharmony with one another – primeval, raw and reactive. He has produced a breadth of multimedia work for different spaces and companies including The Brighton Fringe, Reading Fringe, Marlborough Theatre, The Theatre Royal (Brighton), The OSO Arts Centre, The Lion and Unicorn, Hammersmith Council, Etcetera Theatre & Stockwell Playhouse.

As an actor Ross’ work includes a range of film, theatre, physical theatre, TV and commercial roles for Channel 4, BBC, TNT (America), Warner Brothers, Alzheimers Society, Paypal, Schweppes, Edinburgh Fringe, The Space Theatre, Chelsea Theatre, Stockwell Playhouse and others.


The Creative/Performance industries are one of the most rewarding and culturally important communities to be involved in, but as we all know too well they can also be places of judgement, inequality, racism, sexism, elitism and inaccessible to many. This has to change as Art and Creativity should be a right open to any and all – and so while we believe some things should be taken as standard, below are some of our promises to you in order to combat some of the broken, unfair aspects of the industry.

  • Professionally made, professionally paid
  • Open call castings (BAME, people with disabilities)  
  • Promotion of emerging voices/talent 
  • Open audition calls (non agency accepted) 
  • Safe and collaborative creative environments