James McDermott is a writer based in East Anglia represented by Independent Talent. He is an Associate Artist at Norwich Theatre Royal and Norwich Arts Centre.
James has written several plays for venues across the country. These include 'Acid's Reign' (Vault Festival 2022), 'Robin Good: The Politico-Panto' (Norwich Playhouse), 'Time & Tide' (Park Theatre; Offie nominated for Best New Play 2020; longlisted for the Bruntwood, Papatango & Verity Bargate Playwriting Prizes) and 'Rubber Ring' (Pleasance Islington/UK Tour; Winner of Pulse Festival's Suitcase Prize 2017). James's plays are published by Samuel French.
James is currently writing new plays for Eastern Angles, Mercury Theatre, Revoluton Arts, Sheringham Little Theatre and Relish Theatre Company.
James is currently developing TV projects with Big Talk and is one of the writers on EastEnders. You can read more about James's work as a scriptwriter here.
As a poet, James is widely published in poetry journals and magazines including Poetry Wales, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Cardiff Review, York Literary Review and 14 Poems. His debut spoken word poetry collection 'Manatomy' is published by Burning Eye Books and was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2021. James's pamphlet 'Erased' is published by Polari Press. James has received a Developing Your Creative Practice Grant from the Arts Council to write his second collection with mentoring from Richard Scott. You can read more about James's poetry here.
James is a Visiting Lecturer in Scriptwriting at Norwich University of the Arts. He teaches creative writing online and in theatres, schools and colleges across the country. He is also a private scriptwriting and poetry writing tutor. You can read more about James's teaching work here and contact him directly for details about private mentoring here.
"His eye, tone, language, wit, insights and power of expression are simply magnificent" Stephen Fry
"I love his writing. Full of life, love and LOLZ!"
Jonathan Harvey, Playwright & Screenwriter
"A very talented playwright... His plays are notable for their extraordinary mixture of wit, maturity and a zest for dialogue. Each piece I have read of his has grown in craft yet remained true to his core talents of emotional candour, humane characterisation and great comic verve. He has a great future as a playwright"
Steve Waters, Playwright
"James has got naturally funny bones and captures a sense of truthfulness in his storytelling that completely charms the audience. James is a rising star and any theatre would be lucky to have him!"
Lara Singer, Comedy Development Editor at Big Talk Productions
"Remember his name: James McDermott. His precise and glittering use of language and his sympathy and humour grip the audience"
Eastern Daily Press
"McDermott is an emerging talent in total control of his craft"