James is a professional freelance playwright and creative writing tutor. His plays include Johnny Song, Gob, Polar Bears, issue-led plays Everybody’s World (Elder Abuse), Dementia's Journey (Dementia), and site-specific plays When Chaplin Met Gandhi (Kingsley Hall) and Revolution Farm (Newham City Farm).
He is a regularly commissioned playwright and has been the recipient of writing grants from London Borough of Newham, The Royal Docks Trust, The Arts Council and The Gandhi Foundation. His plays have been performed at various venues across the UK including Warehouse Theatre, King’s Head Theatre, Soho Theatre, Harrogate Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Theatre Royal Stratford East (studio).
He has extensive experience of planning, preparing and teaching playwriting and creative writing programmes/workshops for a wide variety of age groups and learners including children, young people, students and adult learners.
He has taught playwriting, creative writing and literature classes for theatres, schools, colleges and adult education providers, including Spread The Word, Cardboard Citizens, Workers Educational Association, Newham Adult Learning Service, Newham Libraries, Soho Theatre, and University of East London.
“The unique selling points of this version - which resounds with troubling echoes of our own predicament today in Britain - are not just the in-yer-face modernity of the language and attitudes, but the fact that it unfolds as a promenade performance in the precincts of a genuine inner-city farm.”
Paul Taylor, The Independent, on Revolution Farm