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James McDermott

Writer

James McDermott is a 23 year old playwright based in East Anglia. Growing up gay in Norfolk he felt like a ghost no one believed in as rural LGBTQ stories were rarely represented. He started writing plays in the hope of making people like him less invisible. He trained at UEA, graduating with an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting. He has taken part in writers development programs with Soho Theatre, HighTide, Harts Theatre Company, Menagerie Theatre Company and BFI. This year he is one of the members of the Royal Court Writers’ Program 2017. His plays include Rubber Ring (The Lowry Manchester, Pulse New Wolsey, Tristan Bates, Pleasance Islington), ManHug (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds; Winner of Anglian Voices Playwriting Competition 2017), Steam (Lyric Hammersmith; Winner of Young Harts New Writing Festival 2017) and Bro’s (HighTide Festival 2016; Winner of HighTide Writers Academy Showcase). His latest play Tide and Time was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize. James is one of the winners of Hat Trick’s new writing scheme Your Voice Your Story, and is currently developing an idea under option with them.

Credits

IN DEVELOPMENT
Date: 2017
Production (role):
RUBBER RING
Company:
Hat Trick
Project details:
TV Series based on his one man show
THEATRE
Date: 2017
Production (role):
RUBBER RING
Company:
Velvet Trumpet Theatre Company
Project details:
Solo play

The Lowry Manchester, Pulse New Wolsey, Brighton Fringe, Tristan Bates, Pleasance Islington

WINNER: Pulse Festival’s Suitcase Prize 2017
LONGLISTED: Verity Bargate Award 2015 & BBC Writersroom Scriptroom 11


★★★★★ London City Nights, Boyz Magazine

★★★★ West End Wilma, Hiive, LondonTheatre1, Scatter of Opinion, Carns Theatre Passion, Auditorium Magazine

Date: 2017
Production (role):
FAST FOOD
Company:
Lyric Hammersmith
Project details:
Short play written for the Lyric gala

Starring Jude Law
Date: 2017
Production (role):
MAN HUG
Company:
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Project details:
Winner of The Anglian Voices Playwriting Competition 2017
Date: 2017
Production (role):
COME YEW IN: THE PROUD HISTORY OF STRANGERS IN NORWICH (Co-writer)
Company:
The Common Lot, Norfolk County Council & Norwich Arts Centre
Project details:
Co-written with Simon Floyd, Liam Offord and Mags Chalcraft

Tour of Norfolk Parks and Council Estates
Date: 2017
Production (role):
BRO'S
Company:
Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company
Project details:
Where We Are Now LGBTQ Fest, Ireland
Winner of HighTide Academy Showcase Award 2016
Date: 2017
Production (role):
OUT140 (Co-writer)
Company:
Norfolk County Council Norwich Arts Centre & Norwich Pride
Project details:
Co-written with Shelly Telly and Vince Laws

Norfolk & Norwich Festival
Date: 2017
Production (role):
ORDINARY BOYS
Company:
Royal Court
Project details:
Performed as part of 'The Play List' - programmed by the Royal Court Youth Board
Date: 2017
Production (role):
STEAM
Company:
Lyric Hammersmith
Project details:
Winner of Young Harts New Writing Competition 2017
Date: 2016
Production (role):
HIDE
Company:
University of East Anglia and RSPB
Project details:
Co-written with Steve Waters

Strumpshaw RSPB Nature Reserve, Norfolk
Date: 2016
Production (role):
HALF A PERSON
Company:
UEA’s Minotaur Theatre Company
Project details:
Winner of UEA Minotaur Theatre Company’s Writing Competition

UEA Drama Studio
Date: 2015
Production (role):
BEACHED
Company:
Menagerie’s Hotbed New Writing Festival
Project details:
Southwark Playhouse, Latitude, Cambridge Junction

Longlisted for The Kenneth Branagh Drama Award
TRAINING
Date: 2017
Production (role):
Writer's Program
Company:
Royal Court
Date: 2017
Production (role):
Playwriting Program
Company:
Papatango
Date: 2016-2017
Production (role):
Writer's Lab
Company:
Soho Theatre
Date: 2016
Production (role):
East of England Talent Development Scheme
Company:
BFI
Date: 2016
Production (role):
Young Writers Academy
Company:
HighTide
Date: 2015-2016
Production (role):
MA in Scriptwriting (Distinction)
Company:
University of East Anglia
Date: 2012-2015
Production (role):
BA Hons Scriptwriting & Performance (First Class)
Company:
University of East Anglia

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): RUBBER RING
    Company: Hat Trick
    Project details: TV Series based on his one man show
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): RUBBER RING
    Company: Velvet Trumpet Theatre Company
    Project details: Solo play

    The Lowry Manchester, Pulse New Wolsey, Brighton Fringe, Tristan Bates, Pleasance Islington

    WINNER: Pulse Festival’s Suitcase Prize 2017
    LONGLISTED: Verity Bargate Award 2015 & BBC Writersroom Scriptroom 11


    ★★★★★ London City Nights, Boyz Magazine

    ★★★★ West End Wilma, Hiive, LondonTheatre1, Scatter of Opinion, Carns Theatre Passion, Auditorium Magazine

  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): FAST FOOD
    Company: Lyric Hammersmith
    Project details: Short play written for the Lyric gala

    Starring Jude Law
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): MAN HUG
    Company: Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
    Project details: Winner of The Anglian Voices Playwriting Competition 2017
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): COME YEW IN: THE PROUD HISTORY OF STRANGERS IN NORWICH (Co-writer)
    Company: The Common Lot, Norfolk County Council & Norwich Arts Centre
    Project details: Co-written with Simon Floyd, Liam Offord and Mags Chalcraft

    Tour of Norfolk Parks and Council Estates
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): BRO'S
    Company: Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company
    Project details: Where We Are Now LGBTQ Fest, Ireland
    Winner of HighTide Academy Showcase Award 2016
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): OUT140 (Co-writer)
    Company: Norfolk County Council Norwich Arts Centre & Norwich Pride
    Project details: Co-written with Shelly Telly and Vince Laws

    Norfolk & Norwich Festival
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): ORDINARY BOYS
    Company: Royal Court
    Project details: Performed as part of 'The Play List' - programmed by the Royal Court Youth Board
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): STEAM
    Company: Lyric Hammersmith
    Project details: Winner of Young Harts New Writing Competition 2017
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): HIDE
    Company: University of East Anglia and RSPB
    Project details: Co-written with Steve Waters

    Strumpshaw RSPB Nature Reserve, Norfolk
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): HALF A PERSON
    Company: UEA’s Minotaur Theatre Company
    Project details: Winner of UEA Minotaur Theatre Company’s Writing Competition

    UEA Drama Studio
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): BEACHED
    Company: Menagerie’s Hotbed New Writing Festival
    Project details: Southwark Playhouse, Latitude, Cambridge Junction

    Longlisted for The Kenneth Branagh Drama Award
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): Writer's Program
    Company: Royal Court
  • Date: 2017
    Production (role): Playwriting Program
    Company: Papatango
  • Date: 2016-2017
    Production (role): Writer's Lab
    Company: Soho Theatre
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): East of England Talent Development Scheme
    Company: BFI
  • Date: 2016
    Production (role): Young Writers Academy
    Company: HighTide
  • Date: 2015-2016
    Production (role): MA in Scriptwriting (Distinction)
    Company: University of East Anglia
  • Date: 2012-2015
    Production (role): BA Hons Scriptwriting & Performance (First Class)
    Company: University of East Anglia
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