“ I’m writing the opening scene of a play to inspire ideas in younger writers, passing the creative baton on to them to continue the story forward. ‘Tall Ships & Small Ships 2014’ is such a vibrant and detailed painting, full of hundreds of potential characters and stories, interactions and events, I’m sure the young guys and girls embarking on this writing adventure will have plenty to get their teeth into…” James Graham
JAMES GRAHAM is a playwright and film and television writer who won the Pearson Playwriting Bursary in 2006 and went on to win the Catherine Johnson Award for the Best Play in 2007 for his play Eden‘s Empire.
James’ play This House premièred at the Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and transferred to the Olivier in 2013 where it enjoyed a sell out run and garnered critical acclaim and a huge amount of interest and admiration from current and former MP’s for his rendition of life in the House of Commons.
James’s play Tory Boyz for the National Youth Theatre caused a storm during its run at the Soho Theatre and received excellent reviews for its portrayal of young, gay men in the modern Conservative Party. His play The Whisky Taster premiered at the Bush Theatre in early 2010 to uniformly excellent reviews.
His first film for television, Caught in a Trap, was broadcast on ITV1 on Boxing Day 2008. James was picked as one of Broadcast Magazine’s Hotshots in the same year. He is developing original series and adaptations with Tiger Aspect, Leftbank, Kudos and the BBC.
His film X and Y is being produced by Origin Pictures and BBC Films and was on the prestigious ‘Brit List’, the list of the best unproduced screenplays in the UK. He is currently adapting the bestselling book Gypsy Boy as a feature film also for BBC Film and working with the Weinstein Co. on an adaptation of Mrs Queen Takes the Train.
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Watch an interview with James Graham from the National Theatre