James Phillips

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James Phillips

James is a writer and director. His first play, The Rubenstein Kiss (which he also directed) won both the TMA Award for Best Play of the Year and the John Whiting Award. His play McQueen: or Lee and Beauty, about Alexander McQueen, broke box office records at St James Theatre in London and then transferred to the West End. His recent play for Slung Low and Sheffield Theatres, Camelot: The Shining City was named as one of the top 5 shows of 2015 by Mark Lawson in the Guardian Newspaper. His other plays for Slung Low include The White Whale (Leeds Docks) and Mapping the City (Hull). His play City Stories has had a Residency at St James Theatre, London since 2014. In May 2016 City Stories then transferred to critical acclaim at 59East59 Theater in New York City. The success of Hidden in the Sand- his play about Cypriot refugees which played at Trafalgar Studios in 2013- led to him being asked to give a lecture at the House of Parliament to the All Party Commission on Cyprus. Whilst still a student his adaptation of Macbeth for four actors played to the Japanese Royal Family at the Globe in Tokyo. His TV Drama If We Dead Awaken was made by Channel 4 in 2012 as part of the Coming Up Season. He is Associate Artist of the Oxford Playhouse and an Associate of Wilton’s Music Hall.  His new 4 play epic piece Flood is a centrepiece of Hull 2017 and is being co-produced by Slung Low.