James McDermott

James McDermott

Writer & Performer

  • Location: Norwich, Norfolk
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

James McDermott is a Norfolk based scriptwriter, actor, poet and creative writing teacher represented by Independent Talent and published by Samuel French.

James trained at The University of East Anglia where he graduated with First Class BA Hons in Scriptwriting & Performance and an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting.

James has participated on Hampstead Theatre's Inspire: The Next Playwright Program 2019, Park Theatre's Script Accelerator Program 2018, The Criterion Theatre's New Writing Program 2018, The Royal Court Writers Group 2017, Soho Theatre Writers Lab 2016, HighTide Young Writers Academy 2016, Menagerie Theatre Company's Young Writers Development Program 2015 and BFI's East of England Talent Development Module.

Following critically acclaimed runs at The Pleasance Islington and The Tristan Bates Theatre in London's West End, between 2017-2019 James toured the country with his solo play 'Rubber Ring' which won Pulse Festival's Suitcase Prize 2017 and which was longlisted for The Verity Bargate Award. James is currently adapting 'Rubber Ring' for TV with Hat Trick Productions. 'Rubber Ring' has been published by Samuel French.

James’s plays include 'Fast Food' starring Jude Law (Lyric Hammersmith; Lyric Gala 2017), 'The Break Up' (Norwich Arts Centre; Last Night In Europe Event), 'Mixed Up' (INK Festival; Tristan Bates Theatre), 'Uniform' (Oldham Coliseum), 'Click' (TIE show; Access Community Trust; tour of Suffolk schools), 'Street Life' (Norwich Theatre Royal Stage Two), 'Fifty Years' (Waterside Theatre Manchester), 'Time and Tide' (Rehearsed Reading; Park Theatre; Longlisted for 2017's Bruntwood and Papatango Playwriting Prizes), 'Lovesick' (Scene Gym Shorts; Arcola Theatre), 'Love Me Tinder' (Voices From Home Festival 2017; Old Red Lion Theatre), 'Man Hug' (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds; Winner of Anglian Voices Playwriting Competition 2017); 'Ordinary Boys' (Royal Court; Playlist 2017); 'Steam' (Lyric Hammersmith; Young Harts Writing Festival 2017); 'Bro’s' (HighTide; Young Writers Academy Showcase 2016), 'Manatomy' (Old Red Lion Theatre; Velvet Trumpet's Top Brass),'Dogsbody' (Southwark Playhouse; Velvet Trumpet's Soggy Brass) and 'Beached' (Latitude 2015).

James has co-written several plays including 'Reveal' (an active reality adventure commissioned by Collusion co-written with Marcus Romer; performed across West Norfolk); 'Based On A True Story' (TIE show co-written with Rob Salmon; New Wolsey Ipswich and tour of Suffolk schools), 'Human Screens' (digital promenade theatre piece created with Collusion and West Suffolk College; streets of Bury St Edmunds), 'Come Yew In' (outdoor theatre event co-written with Simon Floyd; tour of Norwich parks and council estates; Winner of Norfolk Arts Award for Best Large Scale Project 2017), 'Out140: The Little Play Of Coming Out Stories' (co-written with Shelly Telly; Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017) and 'Hide' (site specific play for RSPB Strumpshaw Fen co-written with Steve Waters).

James is writing new plays for HighTide, Eastern Angles, Hampstead Theatre and Norwich Playhouse. With producer Lucy Farrant, James is R&Ding CAMP!, his cabaret show co-commissioned by Norwich Theatre Royal and Norwich Arts Centre, which aims to make a song and dance about the state-sanctioned anti-gay purges in Chechnya. With playwrights Roy Williams and Atiha Sen Gupta, James is writing 'Justice 39', a piece of digital promenade theatre commissioned by Luton Arts & Culture for Luton's People Power Passion project.

James is writing new TV series for Big Talk, Hat Trick, Hare & Tortoise and Shiny Button.

James is Diversity Consultant at Norwich Arts Centre, a Trustee of Suffolk's INK New Writing Festival, a Board Member of Holt Festival and a Board Member of Norwich Pride.


Scriptwriting - MA - University of East Anglia

Sep 2015 - Present

Scriptwriting & Performance - BA Hons - University of East Anglia

Sep 2012 - Jun 2015