James Ley


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James Ley

James Ley a playwright, screenwriter & dramaturg based in Edinburgh. He is currently developing work for theatre, film and television.

James is best known for his stage play Love Song to Lavender Menace, developed with the support of Playwrights' Studio, Scotland. It premiered at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in 2017 and the production directed by Ros Philips, was part of the Made in Scotland Showcase in 2018 and has toured internationally including a run off-Broadway at SoHo Playhouse, New York City. Love Song to Lavender Menace  will transfer to the main stage of Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh from 9 -12 October 2019.

James has recently wrote the text for Emma and Gill, created by Gill Robertson, Maria Oller and Emma McCaffrey for Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and Lung Ha Theatre Company. Other previous plays include I Heart Maths for Oran Mor, Spain for Glasgay and Up  for the The Vault, Edinburgh Fringe. James' are published by Oberon Books.

He is currently developing work for the Traverse Theatre, Perth Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group.

As a screenwriter, James' first feature Love Song to Lavender Menace has been commissioned by the Scottish Film Talent Network and will be produced by Compact Pictures.  

He also work as script assistant, assistant screenwriter and dramaturg for film and theatre. James is a founder member and producer of the Village Pub Theatre, a theatre company based in Leith that presents readings of new short plays for development.

James has been supported by Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, mentored by Nicola McCartney. He was a recipient of a Research and Development Project for I am Telephone, which is currently in development. 

Photograph by Richard Campbell

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