Daf
James

Writer, composer and performer 

Daf 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 exciting dramatists working in Wales. 

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

He regularly collaborates with Ben Lewis, and together their creation of 'Sue' (also performed and composed by Dafydd) won a Total Theatre Award for Music and Theatre. They are also developing a musical called The Village Social at the new National Theatre of Wales. 

Daf has written for TV, writing on Crackanory, Psycho Bitches and Gwaith/Cartref. He is currently developing an original show, Beast, with Scott Free Productions.

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Theatre

Writer

Sherman Cymru, Clwyd Theatr Cymru and the Royal Court
Director Mathilde Lopez

A play about infertility, scrabble, supermarkets, sex, nationalism, the stranger in your living room and the absurdity of wanting to bring children into our deranged world. It’s also about love. 

Adapted from Fabrice Melquiot's Youri, translated by Daf from French into English and Welsh.

Edinburgh Fringe 2016
Writer/Co-creator 
Director Amy Leach

New Commission. An adaptation of Roald Dahl's short stories.

Gagglebabble
Director Rachel O'Riordan

New Commission 

Sherman Cymru
Director Adele Thomas

After their friend takes his own life, a group of young people congregate to write his eulogy. 

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
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

    Writer & Composer

    Composer and Co-lyricist with Ed Thomas, NTW

    National Theatre Wales
    Starring
  • Sue returns for a special Christmas show

    Soho Theatre
    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
    New musical co-written with Ben Lewis
    National Theatre of Wales
    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
    English and Welsh versions of a show for children in collaboration with Sarah Argent and Kevin Lewis
    Sherman Cymru and Theatr Iolo

    Composer

    Director Melly Still & Max Barton

    An epic new musical set in Cardiff's Butetown in the early 1900s.

    Donald Gordon Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre

    A celebration of Roald Dahl across the city of Cardiff

    Television

    Writer

    'Abattnoir' read by Sarah Millican for the third series of the hit adult storytelling show.

    Tiger Aspect for Dave
    Starring
  • Rebecca Front
  • Frances Barber
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Katy Brand
  • A rare, intimate and hysterically funny look at the people behind the legends and a celebration of great women from history.

    Tiger Aspect for Sky Arts
    Starring
  • Rhian Blythe
  • Hannah Daniel
  • Richard Elis
  • Huw Rhys
  • Second, third, fourth and fifth series of the Welsh drama which follows 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

    Original drama series.

    Bonefide Films
    Fiction Factory

    Creator & writer of a 6 part series 

    Scott Free Productions for Channel 4

    Creator & writer of a 8 part series 

    Fiction Factory

    Film

    Writer

    Full-length Christmas musical feature for the family
    Y Labordy
    In development

    Radio

    Writer

    Writer 
    Production Company BBC Radio 4
    Producer James Robinson

    In development for Radio 4




    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    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

    Other

    Production Dramaturg

    Grimm meets Tarantino in this brutal love story set around Memorial Day celebrations in 1950’s America. Featuring original live music inspired by Blues, Rockabilly, and Americana. Part gig, part slasher movie, part road movie, part murder ballad.

    Gagglebabble

    Translator

    Translater of The Flock 

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