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 'The Birds & The Bees' (New Wolsey/East of England Tour), 'Robin Good: The Politico-Panto' (Norwich Playhouse), 'Ghosted' (Sheringham Little Theatre/Out There Festival 2021), 'Time & Tide' (Park Theatre; Offie nominated for Best New Play 2020; longlisted for the Bruntwood, Papatango & Verity Bargate Playwriting Prizes), 'Rubber Ring' (Pleasance Islington/UK Tour; Winner of Pulse Festival's Suitcase Prize 2017) and 'Fast Food' (Lyric Hammersmith Gala; starring Jude Law). James's plays are published by Samuel French.
James is currently writing new plays for Park Theatre, Eastern Angles, Revoluton Arts, Sheringham Little Theatre and Relish Theatre Company. 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, Cardiff Review, Ink Sweat & Tears 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's new pamphlet of queer nature poems, 'Green Apple Red', will be released by Broken Sleep Books in September 2022. James's second full-length collection 'Wild Life' will be released in June 2023. James is currently writing his third collection exploring grief after losing his anti-vaxxer father to COVID-19. You can read more about James's poetry here.
James is a part time Lecturer in Scriptwriting at The University of East Anglia, Visiting Lecturer in Scriptwriting at Norwich University of the Arts and an Arvon writing tutor. Freelance, James 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.
James is currently a Trustee of the Board at Creative Arts East and has previously been a Trustee for Holt Festival and INK New Writing Festival.
"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"