Dafydd James

Playwright
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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. 

His first full-length play Llwyth [Tribe] became a Welsh-language cultural phenomenon and established him as one of the most exiting dramatists working in Wales. 

His work has been performed across the UK and internationally in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Taiwan and the USA.

Recent credits include Psychobitches (Tiger Aspect/Sky Arts), Terrace (BBC, Radio 3), Gwaith/Cartref (Fiction Factory/S4C) Heritage (National Theatre Connections), The Village Social (NTW), Llwyth (Theatr Genedlaethol/Sherman Cymru) and My Name is Sue & Sue: The Second Coming (Dafydd James & Company).

He regularly collaborates with Ben Lewis, and together their creation of 'Sue' (also performed and composed by Dafydd) has won a Total Theatre Award for Music and Theatre. A film inspired by Sue is in development with Fiction Factory. Their musical The Village Social, which toured for NTW in October 2011, is now being re-developed for a larger stage. A workshop performance will be performed at the National Theatre Studio in June.

Currently, he is composing and writing the lyrics (with Ed Thomas) for a new version of Mother Courage for NTW and Heritage is being translated for the National Touring Theatre of Sweden. He also has an original six-part drama series in development with Fiction Factory, and is one of four writers attached to ‘Y Labordy’. Through this scheme he's developing a television series, a play and a feature film, working closely with Lisa Albert (the award-winning writer and producer of Mad Men); playwright and dramaturg, Kaite O'Reilly; and director Euros Lyn. 

http://dafydd-james.co.uk 


CV

Theatre

Writer

 
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
 
 
Commission as part of Connections 2014
National Theatre Connections
 
 
Commission from Sherman Cymru in a co-production with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Sherman Cymru and RWCMD
 
 
Commission from National Theatre of Wales. Co-written with Adele Thomas
National Theatre of Wales
 
 
Writer of international project devising and performing across Hong Kong, Australia and Wales
Mess up the Mess Theatre company
 
Director Arwel Gruffydd
Starring
  • Danny Grehan
  • Michael Humphreys
  • Paul Morgans
  • Simon Watts
  •  
    Four men on a night out in Cardiff, old friends and old enemies
    Sherman Cymru & Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru
     
     
    Play set on a caravan park about a boy with a messianic complex
    Script Cymru
     

    Production Dramaturg

     
    Gagglebabble
     

    Writer & Composer

     

    Composer and Co-lyricist with Ed Thomas, NTW

    National Theatre Wales
     
    My Name is Sue
    Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Music and Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival, 2009
     
    Co-created and written with Ben Lewis, Dafydd also played the eponymous piano-wielding, pill-popping prophet from Wales
    Edinburgh Festival, Soho Theatre, National Tour
     
     
    English and Welsh versions of a show for children in collaboration with Sarah Argent and Kevin Lewis
    Sherman Cymru and Theatr Iolo
     
    Director Róisín McBrinn
    Writer Rob Evans
    Starring
  • Joshua Considine
  • Russell Gomer
  • Daniel Graham
  • Rebecca Newman
  •  
    Musical based on the classic children's book by JM Barrie
    Sherman Cymru
     
     
    New musical co-written with Ben Lewis
    National Theatre of Wales - in development
     
    Starring
  •  

    Sue returns for a special Christmas show

    Soho Theatre
     

    Translator

     

    Translater of The Flock 

    Gwasg Gomer
     
     
    Translating and adapting the hit-musical into Welsh
    Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
     

    Film

    Writer

     
    Full-length Christmas musical feature for the family
    Cwmni Da
    In development
     

    TV

    Writer

     

    Third series of the hit adult storytelling show.

    Tiger Aspect for Dave
     
    Starring
  • Rebecca Front
  • Frances Barber
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Katy Brand
  •  
    Tiger Aspect for Sky Arts
     
    Starring
  • Rhian Blythe
  • Hannah Daniel
  • Richard Elis
  • Huw Rhys
  •  
    Fiction Factory
     
    Starring
  • Rhian Blythe
  • Hannah Daniel
  • Richard Elis
  • Huw Rhys
  •  
    Second series of the Welsh drama following a group of teachers at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Taf
    Fiction Factory
     
     
    Storylining for the fifth series of the popular Welsh language show
    Fiction Factory for S4C
     

    Writer & Creator

     

    creator & writer of a 6 part series 

    Fiction Factory
     
     

    Creator & writer of a 6 part series 

    Y Labordy
     

    Radio

    Writer

    Producer James Robinson
    Starring
  • Matthew Gravelle
  • Alex Harries
  • Eiry Hughes
  • Lee Mengo
  •  
    Play for the BBC Radio 3 strand The Wire

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
     
     
    Radio play about a young man whose plan for a laddish Christmas in Cardiff is ruined by a family crisis

    Broadcaster Radio Wales