James Grieve

Director for Theatre

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Biography

James is co-Artistic Director of Paines Plough. His recent work for the company includes Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett which toured nationwide for 21 weeks prior to a sell-out run at The Royal Court, winning the (TMA) Theatre Award UK for Best New Play 2011.

James was Associate Director at The Bush Theatre from 2008 - 2010 where his work as a director included The Whisky Taster by James Graham.

In 2001, James founded the new writing company Nabokov with George Perrin and Ric Mountjoy. The company forged an international reputation for presenting theatre events everywhere from pubs to warehouses to music festivals to Off-Broadway.

CV

Theatre
Director
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Director James Grieve
Writer James Graham

A Paines Plough production about a ayoung urban guerilla group that mobilises against MPs, embassies, police and pageant queens

An Intervention 2014
Watford Palace Theatre
Director James Grieve
Writer Mike Bartlett

The world premiere of Mike Bartlett's play about what happens when you hate your best friend

Hopelessly Devoted 2014
Tricycle Theatre & UK Tour
Producer Paines Plough & Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Director James Grieve
Starring Michelle Gayle, Gbemisola Ikumelo & Cat Simmons

James Grieve directs Kate Tempest's incendiary play about love and redemption.

Crucible, Sheffield
Director James Grieve
Writer Brian Friel
Starring Cian Barry, Niall Buggy, Paul Cawley, John Conroy & Beth Cooke

Part of a season dedicated to Brian Friel

Watford Palace Theatre, Bush Theatre
Producer Paines Plough
Director James Grieve
Writer Tom Wells
Starring Philip Duguid-McQuillan, Vivienne Gibbs, Andy Rush, Jamie Samuel & Matt Sutton

Comedy about football, friendship and finding your way

The Lower Depths 2013
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Director James Grieve
Writer Maxim Gorky

New version of Maxim Gorky's play

Royal Court Theatre
Producer Paines Plough
Director James Grieve
Writer Mike Bartlett
Starring Claire Foy, Victoria Hamilton, Ben Miles, George Rainsford & Sam Troughton

The Sound of Heavy Rain 2011
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Producer Paines Plough
Director James Grieve
Writer Penelope Skinner
Starring Maia Alexander, Alistair Cope, Kate O'Flynn & Andrew Sheridan

World premiere of Penelope Skinner's new play about a girl who disappears in mysterious circumstances

Wasted 2011
Latitude Festival
Producer Paines Plough
Director James Grieve
Writer Kate Tempest
Starring Alexander Cobb, Ashley George & Lizzy Watts

World première of Kate Tempest's début play about love, life and losing your mind.

You Cannot Go Forward From Where You Are Right Now 2011
Traverse Theatre
Producer Oran Mor & Paines Plough
Director James Grieve
Writer David Watson
Starring Rebecca Elise, Rachel Ogilvy & Jack Reid

World première, part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint

Fly Me To The Moon 2010
Paines Plough
Director James Grieve
Writer Marie Jones
Starring Abigail McGibbon & Katie Tumelty

Part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint, two care workers are tempted when one of their patients wins on the bookies and isn't around to collect the winnings

Tiny Volcanoes 2010
Liverpool Everyman
Director James Grieve
Writer Laurence Wilson
Starring Kevin Harvey & Michael Ryan

Fast-paced inquisition into Broken Britain

Love, Love, Love 2010
Drum Theatre, Plymouth
Producer Paines Plough
Director James Grieve
Writer Mike Bartlett
Starring James Barrett, Daniela Denby-Ashe, John Heffernan & Rosie Wyatt

World première of Mike Bartlett's take on the baby boomer generation

Pornography 2010
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
Director James Grieve
Writer Simon Stephens

Play capturing Britain as it crashes from the euphoria and promise of the 2012 Olympics announcement into the devastation of 7/7

The Whisky Taster 2010
The Bush Theatre
Director James Grieve
Writer James Graham
Starring Samuel Barnett, Chris Larkin, Simon Merrells, Kate O'Flynn & John Stahl

World première. Two Generation Y-ers fall in love at an advertising agency

The List 2009
Arcola
Director James Grieve
Writer David Eldridge

A woman leaves behind a list after her death; the contents reveal the chasm between two generations.

When Cheryl was Brassic 2009
Latitude Festival (World Premiere)
Director James Grieve
Writer Leo Richardson

Love in a time of austerity: Cheryl does seduction on a budget to avoid another weekend of tedium with her disinterested boyfriend.

Artefacts 2008
Bush Theatre
Director James Grieve
Writer Mike Bartlett

Reunion of a father from Iraq and his daughter from the UK. Winner of Old Vic New Voices Award

Psychogeography 2008
Bush Theatre
Director James Grieve
Writer Lucy Kirkwood

Part of the Bush's Broken Space season: short plays which used inventive lighting.