James Nicholas is a Huddersfield-born actor and writer. After studying English Literature and Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds, and Acting at the Birmingham Theatre School, James spent several years back up north working with CragRats Theatre Company, who were based in Holmfirth. Here he spent several years delivering shows and workshops to young people across the UK, working extensively in primary, secondary and SEN schools. Since then James has written for a variety of media including theatre, film and internet, and is lead writer for award-winning internet resource www.realsafeguardingstories, and has written many plays for schools across the UK. He is creative consultant for national touring company also based in West Yorkshire, Collingwood Learning, where his writing work has taken him as far afield as Vietnam and the Seychelles.
James was a key part of the delivery team for the BBC’s Schools Question Time initiative for eight years and is also a guest drama and acting facilitator for the University of Manchester.
Other work includes I’M JACK (“… the humour within this play is incredibly dark, it also had true emotion and left you with a real connection with it’s sole character”- Boy Blue Magazine) and adaptations of two Charles Dickens short stories – THE SIGNALMAN and THE HAUNTED MAN for performance at the Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham, as well as his very own one-man show that is set in Huddersfield in the 1970s has now also toured theatres all over the UK. (“Nicholas’s beautifully detailed writing builds to a shattering revelation” – Bum on a Seat Reviews)
Since joining the team at Panto Ever After, James has now been involved in working his skills with the keyboard, and help the company bring classic stories to life for our original unique staging of pantomimes with new versions of CINDERELLA (“The brand new script … is fresh and very funny, stuffed full of traditional gags and cheeky one-liners” – The Huddersfield Examiner)and
SLEEPING BEAUTY. Here, James loves the opportunity to write for all ages, so that everyone can enjoy one of our shows, and not just the children, but all adults alike.
Theatre credits include: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Scrooge);THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Toad); THE WIZARD OF OZ (Tin Man); FRANKENSTEIN (Victor); THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (Sherlock Holmes); DR FAUSTUS (Clown); and EDWARD II (Lancaster).