Daf
James

Writer, composer and performer 

Daf James is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, composer and performer working across theatre, radio television and film in English and Welsh. He trained in the Lecoq pedagogy at the London International School of Performing Arts and has a Ph.D in Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick. 

His first full-length play LLWYTH [Tribe] ‘announced James as a major new voice, and pioneered a bold new Welsh-language theatrical vernacular’, which ‘changed the landscape of Welsh language theatre forever' (the Guardian/Contemporary Welsh Plays)In relation to his most recent play TYLWYTH, he was described as ‘One of Wales’s most exciting playwrights’ (the Guardian), and ‘the best modern Welsh dramatist we have' (Walesonline).

Daf has also translated several plays into Welsh and English including SPRING AWAKENING: THE MUSICAL for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, THE FLOCK by Jesper Wamsler for Gwasg Gomer, as well as YURI and WANTED PETULA by Fabrice Melquiot for August 012 and National Theatre Wales. He’s currently translating TUESDAY by Alison Carr for Nick Hern Books, as well as his own play HERITAGE for the WJEC drama syllabus.

Current work includes: THE DIANA CHRONICLES (Royal Court, Sherman Theatre and Theatr Clwyd); LOST BOYS AND FAIRIES (Duck Soup Films/BBC); MARGARET & CLIVE (S4C/Fiction Factory); ON THE RED HILL (Duck Soup/BBC FILMS); QUEER AS FOLK DANCING (Armidages UK); SONGS ACROSS THE SUENIVERSE (NTW/CHAPTER) and WANTED PETULA (AUGUST 012).

He has been awarded a Total Theatre Award for Music and Theatre and is writer in residence at the Sherman Theatre.


CV

Theatre

Writer 

Sherman Cymru, Clwyd Theatr Cymru and the Royal Court
Director Arwel Gruffydd

Follow up to Daf's hit play, Llwyth. 

Sherman Theatre
Director Stef O'Driscoll

A single dad meets his adopted daughter for the first time. Then he agrees to meet her birth-mother.

When their two worlds collide, will what they have in common outweigh their differences?

Summerhall, Edinburgh followed by a UK Tour
Director Amy Leach

An adaptation of Roald Dahl's short stories.

National Theatre Wales/Gagglebabble
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
  • Rugby international night in Cardiff and the tribes are out in force. Wales has lost, but four gay friends are determined to have a night to remember… whatever the cost.

    Sherman Cymru & Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
    Play set on a caravan park about a boy with a messianic complex
    Script Cymru

    Writer & Composer 

    Commisioned as part of the National Theatre’s Let’s Play Programme.
    A musical in which the characters of Nurseyland rebell against the stereotypes they are expected to play in their stories.

    Short for BBC Children in Need

    BBC Studios

    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

    Translator 

    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.

    August 012

    Translater of The Flock 

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

    Television

    Writer & Creator 

    BBC Writersroom commissioned script

    Duck Soup
    In Development
    Fiction Factory
    In development

    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

    Composer 

    Theme and incidental music for S4C Comedy Christmas Special

    Joio Productions for S4C

    Radio

    Writer 

    The true story of a dark family secret. 

    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Writer 
    Production Company 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