James Ley



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James Ley

James Ley is a playwright living in Leith. His latest play Love Song to Lavender Menace, a play to be read in bookshops, is an LGBT Youth Cultural Commission funded by Creative Scotland. It was performed as part of the TalkFest at the Tron in April 2016.

James is a founding member of Village Pub Theatre (VPT), a Leith-based writing collective, that presents readings of work in a Leith pub. VPT has collaborated with leading theatre organisations across Scotland, including Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, The Traverse, Glasgay! and The Royal Lyceum. For VPT James produces, writes and drinks San Miguel. James' best received VPT play is Paolo, about a handsome young hustler who charms an entire family over the course of a holiday. James has been growing this short into a full-length play. 

James' trilogy of plays, The Ego Plays, are published by Oberon Books. They are: I Heart Maths, which was first performed at Oran Mor in 2011; Spain, which was first performed at the Citizens Theatre in 2011; and Up, which was first performed at the Vault for Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2009. 

James was awarded a Creative Scotland Literature Residency at Cove Park in 2011, and was mentored by playwright Nicola McCartney through the Playwrights' Studio, Scotland.

James studied Acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 


Photograph by Richard Campbell

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