James McDermott trained at The University Of East Anglia where he graduated with an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting. He has participated on The Royal Court Writers Group, Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab, HighTide Young Writers Academy and he is currently one of four young writers on Hampstead Theatre’s Inspire: The Next Playwright Program. James’s plays include: Fast Food starring Jude Law (Lyric Hammersmith; Lyric Gala 2017); Ordinary Boys (Royal Court; Playlist); Street Life (Norwich Theatre Royal); Uniform (Oldham Coliseum) and Man Hug (Theatre Royal BSE; Winner of Anglian Voices Playwriting Competition 2017). James recently developed his new plays Time and Tide on Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator Program and Fifty Years on The Criterion Theatre’s New Writing Program.
James is currently under commission to write new plays for HighTide, Eastern Angles and Norwich Arts Centre and he is developing TV projects with Hat Trick, Big Talk and Hare & Tortoise. James has been longlisted for The Bruntwood, Papatango and Verity Bargate Playwriting Prizes. When James isn’t writing, he works as a Diversity Consultant at Norwich Arts Centre and teaches
scriptwriting at Norwich Theatre Royal, New Wolsey Ipswich and Marina Theatre Lowestoft. James is represented by Independent Talent.