Dafydd James

Playwright

Theatre, Film & TV
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Biography

Dafydd is an award-winning writer, composer and performer, working in theatre, radio and television in both English and Welsh.

He has an English literature degree from Edinburgh University, trained as an actor-creator at LISPA and holds a Ph.D in Theatre Studies from Warwick University.

Dafydd's credits include Terrace (The Wire, Radio 3), Heritage (Royal National Theatre Connections, 2014) and Llwyth, which was a huge success with a sell out tour and wonderful reviews. It appeared at the Edinburgh festival as part of the British Council showcase before appearing at the Taipei Arts Festival.

The Village Social, a new musical for National Theatre Wales, was co-written with Ben Lewis and toured village halls in Wales in Autumn 2011 and is currently being developed further.

My Name is Sue, also created with Ben Lewis, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival before touring and transferring to the Soho Theatre; it was awarded the Total Theatre Award for Music and Theatre. Its sequel Sue: The Second Coming was also a huge hit last Christmas.

He is currently developing work with Tiger Aspect, writing for the second series of Psychobitches and the final series of Gwaith/Cartref, and working on an original drama series for Fiction Factory.

CV

Theatre
Writer
Fe Ddaw'r Byd i Ben (The World Will End) 2014
Sherman Cymru
Writer Dafydd James

Commission from Sherman Cymru in a co-production with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Heritage 2014
National Theatre
Writer Dafydd James

Commission as part of Connections 2014

Greater than Love 2013
National Theatre of Wales
Writer Dafydd James

Commission from National Theatre of Wales. Co-written with Adele Thomas

Click 2011
Mess up the Mess
Writer Dafydd James

Writer of international project devising and performing across Hong Kong, Australia and Wales

Deffro'r Gwanwyn (Spring Awakening) 2011
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
Writer Dafydd James

Translating and adapting the hit-musical into Welsh

National Theatre of Wales
Writer Dafydd James
Starring Carys Eleri, Rebecca Harries, Darren Lawrence, Sue Roderick & Oliver Wood

New musical co-written with Ben Lewis

Snow Child/ Plentyn yr Eira 2010
Sherman Cymru
Writer Dafydd James

English and Welsh versions of a show for children in collaboration with Sarah Argent and Kevin Lewis

Sherman Cymru
Director Arwel Gruffydd
Writer Dafydd James
Starring Danny Grehan, Michael Humphreys, Paul Morgans, Simon Watts & Sion Young

Four men on a night out in Cardiff, old friends and old enemies

Read
After the Storm 2008
Script Cymru
Writer Dafydd James

Play set on a caravan park about a boy with a messianic complex

Creator and Writer
Soho Theatre
Creator Dafydd James
Director Ben Lewis
Writer Dafydd James
Starring Dafydd James

Sue returns for a special Christmas show

My Name is Sue 2009 to 2010
Edinburgh Festival, Soho Theatre, National Tour
Creator Dafydd James
Director Ben Lewis
Writer Dafydd James

Co-created and written with Ben Lewis, Dafydd also played the eponymous piano-wielding, pill-popping prophet from Wales

Composer & Musical Director
Peter Pan 2012
Sherman Cymru
Director Róisín McBrinn
Writer Rob Evans
Starring Joshua Considine, Russell Gomer, Daniel Graham, Rebecca Newman & Kyle Rees

Musical based on the classic children's book by JM Barrie

Film
Writer
Ganol Gaeaf Noethlwm Feature
2011
Cwmni Da
In development
Writer Dafydd James

Full-length Christmas musical feature for the family

Television
Writer
Gwaith/Cartref (Home/Work): Series 5 2 x 60'
2014
Fiction Factory for S4C
In development
Writer Dafydd James

 
Gwaith/Cartref (Home/Work): Series 4 2 x 60'
2013
Fiction Factory for S4C
In development
Writer Dafydd James
Starring Rhian Blythe, Hannah Daniel, Richard Elis, Huw Rhys & Rhys ap Trefor

 
Gwaith/Cartref (Home/Work): Series 3 2 x 60'
2013
Fiction Factory for S4C
Writer Dafydd James
Starring Rhian Blythe, Hannah Daniel, Richard Elis, Huw Rhys & Rhys ap Trefor

 
Ganol Gaeaf Noethlwm Pilot
2012
Cwmni Da Productions
In development
Writer Dafydd James

Pilot for a feature musical film

Gwaith/Cartref (Home/Work): Series 2 2 x 60'
2012
Fiction Factory for S4C
Writer Dafydd James
Starring Rhian Blythe, Hannah Daniel, Richard Elis, Huw Rhys & Rhys ap Trefor

Second series of the Welsh drama following a group of teachers at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Taf

Caerdydd (Cardiff) 2008
Fiction Factory for S4C
Writer Dafydd James

Storylining for the fifth series of the popular Welsh language show

Creator and Writer
Queer 2014
Fiction Factory
In development
Creator Dafydd James
Writer Dafydd James

Pilot

Radio
Writer
Terrace 2014
BBC Radio 3
 
Producer James Robinson
Writer Dafydd James
Starring Matthew Gravelle, Alex Harries, Eiry Hughes, Lee Mengo & Steve Toussaint

Play for the BBC Radio 3 strand The Wire

 
Driving Home for Christmas 2012
Radio Wales
 
Writer Dafydd James

Radio play about a young man whose plan for a laddish Christmas in Cardiff is ruined by a family crisis