James McDermott is a writer based in East Anglia represented by Independent Talent. He is an Associate Artist at HighTide, Norwich Theatre Royal and Norwich Arts Centre.
James has written several plays for venues across the country. His latest play 'Time and Tide' ran at Park Theatre from 5th-29th February 2020 and was nominated for two Off West End Theatre Awards (Offies) including one for Best New Play.
James is writing new plays for HighTide, Eastern Angles, Norwich Playhouse, Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Revoluton Arts, UEA and Mercury Theatre. He is currently developing TV projects with Big Talk and Shiny Button and is one of the writers on the EastEnders Writer Shadow Scheme 2020. You can read more about James's work as a scriptwriter here.
James's debut poetry collection 'Manatomy' is published by Burning Eye Books. James was recently shortlisted for Outspoken's Prize for Poetry 2020 in the Performance Category and long listed for The Winchester Poetry Prize 2020 judged by Andrew McMillan. James is currently writing his second poetry book with mentoring from Richard Scott. You can read more about James's poetry here.
James teaches creative writing online and in theatres, schools and universities 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 classes/mentoring here.
James is Diversity Consultant at Norwich Arts Centre, a trustee of Holt Festival & INK New Writing Festival and a volunteer for The Human Library.
"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" Boyz Magazine