James is a writer, dramaturg and theatre maker. He makes work as a solo artist and collaborates on other artists on music, academic research, and theatre projects. He facilitates creative writing and theatre workshops for all ages, and has worked for Manchester Literature Festival, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester International Festival and First Story. He also writes about theatre on his website and for Exeunt magazine.
In 2016 James debuted one-on-one performance Treason at WROUGHT festival in Sheffield and saw Get Yourself Together featured at the Paines Plough Roundabout at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2017 he wrote and directed Macbrew, an accessible family theatre piece incorporating British Sign Language alongside spoken English, and worked as assistant director on Cosmic Scallies, produced by Graeae and the Royal Exchange Theatre.
He is a frequent collaborator with fellow Squad member, Lenni Sanders. Their long-form poetry performance, bout bloody time was first performed at Manchester Literature Festival 2015.
In 2018, James was commissioned by the Royal Exchange to conduct an Artistic Evaluation of their Open Exchange Network programme of artist support. He is currently developing Prince Gorge, a musical theatre performance in which Prince George of Cambridge grows up to become a Queer cult leader.