James McDermott

James McDermott

Playwright and Poet

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

James McDermott is a Norfolk based playwright, poet and creative writing teacher represented by Independent Talent.

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 trained 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.

James's plays published by Samuel French include 'Rubber Ring' (Pleasance Islington; UK Tour; Winner of Pulse Festival's Suitcase Prize) and 'Time and Tide' (Park Theatre; nominated for an Offie for Best New Play).

James is writing new plays for HighTide, Eastern Angles, Hampstead Theatre, Norwich Playhouse and Mercury Theatre Colchester. James is writing new TV series for Big Talk and Shiny Button.

James's debut poetry collection 'Manatomy' is published by Burning Eye Books.

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