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Charlene James

CHARLENE JAMES

  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Curtis Brown Group Ltd  represented by Ben Hall

Charlene James is a playwright and an actor who trained at Birmingham School of Acting and The School at Steppenwolf, Chicago. In 2008, she participated in the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme and in 2012 she was selected to be one of the 503 Five at Theatre 503. In 2013 Charlene became a writer in residence at the Birmingham Rep for their season focusing on mental health. Her play, Tweet Tweet, was commissioned by the Birmingham Rep as part of Young Theatre Makers. It premiered at The Birmingham Rep before touring. Charlene was awarded the Alfred Fagon Award, for best new play at the National Theatre for Cuttin' It, a play focusing on Female Genital Mutilation. Charlene was awarded the George Devine Award 2015 for her play Cuttin' It.

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below is a list of Charlene James's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Bacon         Cuttin' It         Dad (Die)         Do You Wish To Continue?         Jump! We'll Catch You         Maybe Father         Tweet Tweet



Bacon

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Part of Miniaturists 42 - Bringing you more of the best short plays by some of the most exciting playwrights in the UK today

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Cuttin' It

Cuttin' It
We're opposites, even though we came from the same, she's nuttin like me, an that shames me.' Teenagers Muna and Iqra get the same bus to school but they've never really spoken. Muna wears TopShop and sits on the top deck gossiping about Nicki Minaj's latest beef, while Iqra sits alone downstairs in her charity shop hand-me-downs. They were both born in Somalia but come from different worlds. But as they get closer, they realise that their families share a painful secret. Tackling the urgent issue of FGM in Britain, Charlene James' devastating new play reveals the price some girls pay to become a woman.

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Dad (Die)

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Do You Wish To Continue?

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part of Shhh. . . written by Brad Birch, Jon Brittain, Charlene James, GEmma Langford and Chris Urch. Welcome to the show that lifts the lid on some of London's deepest, darkest and sexiest secrets. . .and they're all true! Five new one act plays based on the anonymous and intimate secrets submitted by our audiences through the collection box in our foyer, Shhhh also heralds the arrival of our new resident writers - the 503Five.

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Jump! We'll Catch You

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When Rachel, an out of work actor, embarks on a series of drama workshops in a mental health residential home in Birmingham she experiences extraordinary change both in the participants and in herself. This rehearsed reading of Charlene James' witty, insightful and moving new play explores the role of theatre in the mental health system, examines what it means to recover and asks what it really means to be normal. Jump! We'll Catch You is a response to Charlene's series of residencies, interviews and workshops undertaken in mental health settings. The play will premiere at the festival before being performed back in the settings that inspired it.

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Maybe Father

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A young couple, and most of their friends, deal with the turbulent consequences of an unexpected pregnancy in this sharply observed and entertaining story.

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Talawa's series of play readings showcasing the best in Black British writing returns. Flipping the Script is your chance to hear a few of the thousands of different voices that make up the Black British experience.

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Tweet Tweet

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No one knows why that fat bird in year 8 killed herself, but she got everyone a day off school! So they're having a party for her? - it's gonna be epic! For best friends Jade and Paris, the lead up to the big night where everyone is logging in, updating and messaging, brings discoveries that casual viral actions have serious real-life consequences.

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