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.
James has written the book for Finding Neverland the musical with music by Gary Barlow. It opened in Boston in Summer 2014 and transferred to New York in Spring 2015. His play The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse aired in real time on TV in the final 90 minutes of the 2015 polling day.
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 has been produced by Origin Pictures and BBC Films and was on the prestigious 'Brit List', the list of the best unproduced screenplays in the UK. It opened in cinemas in Spring 2015 starring Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins & Eddie Marsan. He is currently working on an adaptation of 1984 for director Paul Greengrass.
A Real time play for television and theatre.
A dramatic investigation of the digital age
A Paines Plough production about a young urban guerilla group that mobilises against MPs, embassies, police and pageant queens
A musical about the playwright who wrote Peter Pan, with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow
Finding Neverland has been nominated at the Drama League Awards 2014-2015 for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical and Distinguished Performance Award.
Play for young people
A love story between two people who suffer from a terrible fear of falling things and live lives trapped by their condition
Creator & Writer
New big-screen adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian science-fiction novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
An adaptation of the novel by William Kuhn, it imagines a time when a bored Queen Elizabeth wanders out of Buckingham Palace in search of freedom and fun.
Coming of age feature about young maths prodigies on a trip to China that was listed on the Britlist 2011
Film set in the 1950s about Formula One racing
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4