James’s first full-length play, FOUR MINUTES TWELVE SECONDS, was runner-up of the Soho Theatre’s 2013 Verity Bargate Award. It premiered at Hampstead Theatre downstairs in 2014 and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre before transferring to Trafalgar Studios in 2015. It then won him the “Most Promising Playwright” prize at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards 2015. His other plays include ROSS & RACHEL (“a virtuosic peice of writing” Time Out) which opened to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, PARLIAMENT SQUARE, which won a Bruntwood Prize in 2015 and THE FALL which he wrote for the National Youth Theatre’s 60th anniversary season in 2016. In 2017 his radio play COMMENT IS FREE won both the Imison and the Tinniswood Awards at the BBC Audio Drama Awards, which is the first time that a single writer has won both awards the same year. He has original television projects in development with BBC Drama Wales and Bonafide Films.
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