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Dafydd James

DAFYDD JAMES

  

Nationality:    Welsh
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Dafydd Huw James trained at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPa) and is a composer, writer and performer. My Name is Sue, which he performed and co-created with Ben Lewis, won the Total Theatre award for Music and Theatre, 2009. Recently he has translated Spring awakening for theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. His critically acclaimed play Llwyth will be co-produced by Sherman Cymru and theatr Genedlaethol Cymru as part of this year's British Council Showcase in edinburgh. He is also developing the screenplay. the Hunting of the Snark, one of his first theatrical scores, won the Cameron Mackintosh award.

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        Blood Ballad of Mary Maid, The         Boy Who Went Fishing For Compliments         Click         Deffro'r Gwanwyn         Heritage         Llwyth (Tribe)         My Name Is Sue         Snow Child (Plentyn yr Eira)         Sue: The Second Coming         Village Social, The



Blood Ballad of Mary Maid, The

Synopsis:
Part rock gig, part horror movie, and based on an old Welsh folk tale, this is music theatre like you've never seen before. Mary has never been in love; she's more of a loner watching from the shadows. But everything changes when a handsome stranger walks into her life and unleashes the dark desires and violent passion that she never knew existed. A gripping story of love, betrayal, murder and revenge, told with a heady mix of guitars, beats, songs and passion.

Notes:
written by Lucy Rivers; dramaturge by Dafydd james

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Genre:
play with music

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Boy Who Went Fishing For Compliments

Synopsis:
Vivian is a little boy with a lot to deal with: the hospital, for one thing, with its ominous Wheeler-Dealers and Night Tigers, which lie in wait for him behind the door. But when Vivian's heart decides to leave him and flies through the skylight, life suddenly becomes a lot more complicated. Before long he finds himself clutching a net at the edge of the unknown universe, fishing for compliments in order to get back home. . . the highly anticipated annual puppetry extravaganza returns for children and adults, who were once children too

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1st Produced:
Richard Burton Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama    04 Jul 2012

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Genre:
60 min musical

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Click

Synopsis:
Click' is an exciting ground breaking play written by the celebrated writer Daffydd James. alongside young people from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Wales he has created a piece of theatre about communication across the internet, social boundaries, relationships and trust. all of the young people from across the globe have worked together on creative challenges and shared their ideas through blogging and social network sites. the play is a snap shot of the diversity of modern youth culture presented through a moving, engaging and very funny script. 'Click' tackles hard hitting issues including those of young carers, youth sexuality, teenage pregnancy, homophobia and identity with an in your face humour that youth audiences will respect. Using music, multi-media and humour to portray issues and topics within society, the play has given opportunities for young people to let their talents flourish. With a cast and crew that comprises completely of young people, Click is the must see youth theatre production of the year.

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1st Produced:
Ammanford Miners Theatre, Wales    40788

Company:
mess up the mess

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Deffro'r Gwanwyn

Synopsis:
Deffro'r Gwanwyn' is a story about a group of teenagers experiencing puberty and trying to break free whilst the adults around them are fighting to hold on, refusing to offer them any guidance. their curiosity leads them down a dangerous path with devastating consequences for some, and for other it will change their lives forever. 'Deffro'r Gwanwyn' is a tale of sexual repression and hormonal chaos told in a gritty and very honest way.

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Deffro'r Gwanwyn' is A Welsh translation of the musical Adaptation of Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 play 'spring Awakening'. Book And Lyrics by Steven Sater, music by Duncan Sheik

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Genre:
Translation

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Heritage

Synopsis:
It's May Day, and a group of misfit children are specially chosen to close the day's festivities; but as they gather together in uniform to rehearse the village anthem, all is not well. Tubbsy's hiding a cat in his bag; Deirdre-May's grieving her Nanna and Mark's turned up as Stegosaurus. As the rehearsal breaks down, they soon begin to suspect that they've been chosen for a far darker purpose... Heritage is a blistering black comedy with music that explores the darker side of nationalism.

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Each year the National Theatre invites ten writers to create new plays for young people to perform. This spring 230 youth theatre companies will present the premieres of these plays in venues from Scotland to Cornwall and Northern Ireland to Norfolk. Each company will also perform at one of 26 Connections festivals in professional theatres across the country, and ten companies will go on to perform at the National Theatre. Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage  and the energy, commitment and talent of young theatre-makers.

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NT Connections

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TYA

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Llwyth (Tribe)

Synopsis:
aneurin has returned to the tribe! and that calls for a Cardiff night out like no other. . .Dafydd Huw James weaves together clubbing and cynghanedd in an exhilarating celebration of contemporary Welsh gay life. (In Welsh)

Notes:
part of egin: SpringBoard of new writing

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

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Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  choir

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My Name Is Sue

Synopsis:
Sue is a piano-wielding prophet who has so far kept her thoughts to herself. But now she is ready to let rip. She invites you into her lounge, where she'll sing through life from finishing school to Doomsday.

Notes:
written by Dafydd James & Ben Lewis

1st Produced:
Manchester    29 May 2010

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Genre:
Comedy

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Snow Child (Plentyn yr Eira)

Synopsis:
Step into a magical world where, if you listen very carefully, you'll hear the sound of snow falling and ice crackling. as far as the eye can see, the world is winter white and as the snow stirs in the moonlight, the mischievous Snow Child comes to life. . .With puppetry and live music, this enchanting play will warm all hearts this Christmas.

Notes:
Created by Sarah Argent, Dafydd James And Kevin Lewis

1st Produced:
Blackwood Miners' Institute, Caerphilly    05 Nov 2010

Company:
Sherman Cymru & theatr Iolo

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Genre:
Youth audience

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Sue: The Second Coming

Synopsis:
With her anarchic, dark and touching alternative to traditional Yule shows, Sue's got a few things she'd like to get off her chest about Christmas. In the comfort of Sue's lounge, sip eggnog and enjoy a unique blend of comedy, music and theatre, aided by her virtuosic piano skills, soaring falsetto and faithful backing band. If you're lucky, you might just witness the birth of a new Messiah...

Notes:
written by Dafydd James & Ben Lewis

1st Produced:
Ammanford Miners' Theatre, 13 Wind Street, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire SA18 3DN    26 Nov 2013

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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Village Social, The

Synopsis:
after unfortunate recent events, the village hall will play host to a much-needed fundraising evening of fun and jollity as the winter nights draw in. enjoy music and entertainment from local talent before we welcome our main attraction - a clairvoyant who promises to put us in touch with spirits from beyond the grave.

Notes:
written by by Dafydd James And Ben Lewis

1st Produced:
Rudry Parish Hall, Rudry, Caerphilly, CF83 3DF    20 Oct 2011

Company:
National Theatre of Wales

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Genre:
surreal musical

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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