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Charlene James


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Charlene James is a playwright and an actor who trained at Birmingham School of Acting and The School at Steppenwolf, Chicago.

In 2008, she participated in the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme and in 2012 she was selected to be one of the 503 Five at Theatre 503. In 2013 Charlene became a writer in residence at the Birmingham Rep for their season focusing on mental health.

Her first play, Maybe Father, was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award and went on to have a reading at The Young Vic, as part of Talawa Theatre’s Flipping The Script Season. Her most recent play Dad(die) was read as part of Talawa Firsts performed in Talawa Studio.


Cuttin' It 2014
In development
Writer Charlene James

Follows two 15 year-old girls from Somali backgrounds and their experiences of FGM. 

Tweet Tweet 2014
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Director Tom Saunders
Writer Charlene James

Produced as part of a Young Theatre Makers partnership. 

Bacon 2013
Arcola Theatre
Director Monique Sterling
Writer Charlene James
Starring Helen Embleton

Short play as part of Miniaturists 42

Dad(die) 2012
Talawa Firsts
Writer Charlene James

New full-length play focusing on the effect of incest

Do You Wish To Continue? 2012
Theatre 503
Director Joanna Turner
Writer Charlene James
Starring Andy Daniel & Elisabeth Hopper

Play presented in Shh!, a series of short plays by the Theatre 503 Five

Lundun 2010

Writer Charlene James

Grief and loss are exploreed in a play about what geography says about where you really are

Young Vic as part of 'Flipping the Script'
Producer Talawa Theatre Company
Writer Charlene James

Play about fatherhood and motherhood and the meaning of commitment