James' debut full-length play POSTERBOY based on the autobiography OUT IN THE ARMY by James Wharton, won the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation's LGBTQI+ playwright award in November 2017. The play is aiming for a full production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2021 in collaboration with Army @ The Fringe.
Currently in development:
James' first novel NOT GOOD ENOUGH has been shortlisted for the Penguin Books #WRITENOW debut novelist scheme.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Living in London when you're part of the LGBTQ+ community and nearly thirty can be terrifying - this ever-changing, looks orientated minefield of unofficial rules is almost impossible to navigate. Newly single Charlie causes carnage and destruction as he blossoms from ugly duckling to...well, a slightly more confident ugly duckling to be honest - juggling awkward dates with terrible Grindr hookups. His best friend Niamh wants somebody, anybody to understand what it means to be pansexual, and far away from the home-owning, baby-booming peers she grew up with. Their friend Reuben wants his traditional Indian family to accept his recent engagement to his partner Steven, whilst Dylan wants to know why he’s always the single one. As Charlie’s comfortable life crumbles around him, we delve into the groups eclectic world of disappointment, shame and spending money they don’t have on brunches, whilst they try to banish the voices in their head saying they’re just Not Good Enough.
James' short play SEX & PYJAMAS was published in an anthology entitled BRIEFS by West Avenue Theatre Company in 2016.
James was shortlisted for the inaugural Old Vic 12 in 2016.