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Richard James

RICHARD JAMES

  (1969 - )

Nationality:    British
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Richard James has been a professional actor since graduating from the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1992. In the years since, he has gained experience across all media but most notably in television. His film credits include a live action version of 'the Wind in the Willows' with the Monty Python team, 'stormbreaker', 'Penelope', 'a Bunch of amateurs' opposite Burt Reynolds and 'a Lover's Prayer' in which he played Kirsten Dunst's husband. On British television, Richard has shared the screen with Julie Walters, Steven Berkoff, Richard Harris and Christopher Walken to name but a few and has played regular roles in numerous children's television series, most notably the part of Mr Kronkite in 30 episodes of 'the Mysti Show' and the rather bumptious knight, Sir Gestion, in 'sir Gadabout - the Worst Knight in the Land'. He also spent a year under prosthetic makeup playing the part of Officer Orrin in Gerry anderson's live action sci-fi series, 'space Precinct'. as a writer, Richard has written many plays and television scripts over the years, some for television shows with which he's been involved and others, like his Victorian police series 'tales From the Yard' and his sit-com 'Writer's Cramp' which look set to spend the rest of eternity in development hell.

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        Bar Wars: Return Of the Sauce         Being Rose         Bill and Ben         Blood On Canvas         Bottoms Up!         Charlotte Holmes: Future Detective         Children's Christmas Carol, A         Death Of Sherlock Holmes, The         Dreaming, The         End of the Pier         Fat of the Land, The         Fete Worse Than Death         Ghosts of Halfway House, The         Happy Campers         I Am Hamlet         In the Rough         Indian Summer         Moving On         Mystery Of Sherlock Holmes, The         Nth Degree, The         Port Out, Starboard Home!         Professor Thyme And the History Mystery         Sherlock Holmes & the Mystery Of Mallen Hall         Teenage Christmas Carol, A         there's Something About Bernard         Three Canterbury Tales         Vision Impaired         White Lies         Writer's Cramp


Bar Wars: Return Of the Sauce

Synopsis:
When 'spanish Nights' restaurant opens up opposite 'BElla Italia', there's bound to be some rivalry. then the famous secret pasta sauce receipe is stolen from BElla Italia and PI Fifi Phalange is called in.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Kenton Theatre, Henley-On-Thames, Oxon, Uk     2007

Organisations:
Arts Academy

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (2008)   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Short play for production by children

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Being Rose

Synopsis:
In old age Rose looks back on her life but some events have not been remembered correctly. Rose has dementia

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  11            Other:  -

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Bill and Ben

Synopsis:
Ben Jonson is in the condemned cell awaiting execution for killing an actor in a duel. He is visited by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare pleads with him to recite a "neck poem" and save his life. But what are Shakespeare's motives?

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One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Blood On Canvas

Synopsis:
Maddie an artist lives in a remote area and there are rumours that there is a serial killer about. Art dealer Stella arrives. Could she be the killer? Or is it Maddie?

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One act

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Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Bottoms Up!

Synopsis:
adaptation of the 'rude mechanicals' story from Shakespeare's 'a Midsummer Night's Dream'. Will Nick Bottom and his troupe of amateur actors be ready for their performance at the Duke's wedding?

Notes:
Perfect for open Air or pub theatre!

1st Produced:
The King's Arms, Berks, Uk     2006

Organisations:
Tarrystone Players

1st Published:
-   

Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Charlotte Holmes: Future Detective

Synopsis:
23rd Century descendant of Sherlock Holmes - Charlotte is keen to be a detective. A chance soon arrives - on a school trip to a museum - someone has stolen Picasso's "Sunflowers"

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Genre:
Childrens one act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Children's Christmas Carol, A

Synopsis:
Charles Dickens' festive classic much abbreviated as a play for an audience of young children, to be performed by a cast of adults (or possibly by a company of older children.)

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Pinder Hall, Cookham, Berks     2006

Organisations:
Cookham Nursery

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2009   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Short play for children

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Death Of Sherlock Holmes, The

Synopsis:
Holmes and Watson must act fast to prevent the theft of a famous diamond and safeguard the economy of the austrian empire. But does Holmes mean to get shot by Watson? Will the Great Detective survive?

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Town Hall Theatre, Wycombe Swan, Bucks, Uk     2007

Organisations:
Cloak & Dagger Theatre Company

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2009   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Mystery

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Dreaming, The

Synopsis:
Two men find themselves in a featureless room, with no memory of how they arrived there, or even who they are. their only clues come from scraps of paper on the floor, that seem to mirror words they have spoken. Can it be true that they're just characters in an unwritten play?

Notes:
Suitable for A bare stage presentation. Parts may be played female.

1st Produced:
De Winton, Canada     2010

Organisations:
Foothills High School

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, Jan 2010   

Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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End of the Pier

Synopsis:
Three generations of women on the pier.

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One act

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Male:  -            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Fat of the Land, The

Synopsis:
When their father dies second son, Peter inherits the crumbling family stately home. Elder son, Andrew all the money. Peter wants to renovate but does not have the money. Andrew secretly buys the house and plans to turn it into his corporate headquarters

Notes:
Based on a tv pilot "Of The Fat of the Land" written by Gerry Anderson

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Fete Worse Than Death

Synopsis:
Actor Ray Martin - tv's "Inspector Brady" is due to open the village fete. However when someone gets murdered he has to solve it - without a script

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Ghosts of Halfway House, The

Synopsis:
Simon, Daphne and his mother are being shown around an old house by Godley the creepy estate agent.

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Happy Campers

Synopsis:
a comedy with a bite to it, this tells the story of a family gathering in the Yorkshire countryside to scatter the ashes of a man with a dark history. there are revelations all round and an unexpected treasure hunt.

Notes:
One male part is A sixteen year old boy. Set involves the erecting of two tents.

1st Produced:
Harold Coward Memorial Hall, Hutton, Somerset, Uk     2009

Organisations:
Hutton Drama Club

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2008   

Music:
-

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Genre:
full length Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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I Am Hamlet

Synopsis:
an amateur actor auditions for the lead role in a local production of Hamlet. there is some fun to be had as the director puts him through his acting paces, but slowly we learn that the actor has more in common with the Prince of Denmark than meets the eye. . .

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Utah State University, Utah, Usa     01 Oct 2009

Organisations:
Caine School of the Arts

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2009   

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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In the Rough

Synopsis:
In Lysistrata, by aristophanes, the women were trying to end the Peloponnesian War. In this case, it's their husbands' addiction to golf that's the problem, but the method employed is the same (give or take the barricading of public buildings)!

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2008   

Music:
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Genre:
comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Indian Summer

Synopsis:
amid the uprising against the east India Company in the 1850s, Clara has commissioned a portrait - to closely resemble Botticelli's 'Birth Of Venus', but depicting her as an old woman. the artist, Nathanial, arrives with his canvas and oils, and they share the last moments of an Indian Summer together.

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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2010   

Music:
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Genre:
play One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Moving On

Synopsis:
angela is packing up her things to move out of the house she raised her children in. Though her husband has been dead for a year, she hasn't come to terms with losing him.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Little Acorn Production Company, Hinkley, Hertfordshire, Uk     2010

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2009   

Music:
-

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Genre:
play One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Mystery Of Sherlock Holmes, The

Synopsis:
Join the legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, and his ever-faithful companion Doctor Watson as they meet, share rooms in Baker Street and solve a brand new mystery!

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Town Hall Theatre, Wycombe Swan, Bucks, Uk     2007

Organisations:
Cloak & Dagger Theatre Company

1st Published:
-   

Music:
-

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Genre:
full length Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Nth Degree, The

Synopsis:
In a fundamentalist religious state, a news reporter arranges a confrontation between two prisoners and the couple who prosecuted them for offences against their faith.

Notes:
Confrontational - or challenging, depending on your viewpoint - one-act play, single prison room set.

1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, aug 2010   

Music:
-

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Port Out, Starboard Home!

Synopsis:
Miriam hopes that taking her son Stewart on a cruise will help him find Miss Right, when actually, he's looking for a Mr. Right. Jackie's on the cruise for her health, though she's actually only sick of her husband, and amanda's a washed up actress, taking any job going.

Notes:
the Action takes place on the sun deck of the cruise ship, 'adelphi'.

1st Produced:
Huntingdon Drama Club At The Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon, Uk     2010

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, Nov 2009   

Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  Use maybe made of actors to play passengers in a walk-on capacity only.

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Professor Thyme And the History Mystery

Synopsis:
When the dastardly Count Downe uses Professor Thyme's Time Machine to travel into the past and change history, it's up to the Professor and his gang to follow him and put things right before the damage is done. . .

Notes:
there Are 36 named parts in the play, many of which can be doubled And played male or female

1st Produced:
Sydenham High Junior School, London    

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, Mar 2010   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy Play for performance by children

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  variable

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Sherlock Holmes & the Mystery Of Mallen Hall

Synopsis:
the redoubtable Holmes is presented with a murder mystery that took place three weeks previously, hundreds of miles away. With his usual brilliance, he solves the case from the comfort of his rooms in Baker Street.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Pinder Hall, Berks, Uk     2005

Organisations:
Tarrystone Players

1st Published:
Lazy Bee scripts, 2008   

Music:
-

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Genre:
full length Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Teenage Christmas Carol, A

Synopsis:
ebeneezer Scrooge's great grandaughter is taught a lesson she'll never forget.

Notes:
Plenty of scope for doubling in this short festive play!

1st Produced:
Kenton Theatre, Henley-On-Thames, Oxon, Uk     2006

Organisations:
Arts Academy

1st Published:
Lazy Bee scripts, 2008   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Short play for production by children

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  4            Other:  11 narrators

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there's Something About Bernard

Synopsis:
Bernard's wife, best friend and daughter are gathered to surprise him with a party on his birthday, but it's his ex-wife who walks in first. Some hard truths are exchanged, and in the end, it's Bernard who surprises them all.

Notes:
the one male part is A cameo only, with just one line At the end.

1st Produced:
Pinder Hall, Berks, Uk     2008

Organisations:
Tarrystone Players

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2008   

Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Three Canterbury Tales

Synopsis:
Three of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, told in verse but adapted for the stage. the Miller, the Pardoner and the Wife of Bath are brought to life with the narration of Chaucer and the help of three other pilgrims (the Friar, the Summoner and the Nun).

Notes:
To be produced with no set And A few rough And ready props.

1st Produced:
Cookham Festival Theatre, Berks, Uk     2007

Organisations:
Tarrystone Players

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2008   

Music:
-

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Genre:
verse comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Vision Impaired

Synopsis:
Two occupants of merciless alien costumes for a famous time travelling series discuss life, fame, and pressing problems for actors in their confined position!

Notes:
Winner, Best All-Male Performance, Maidenhead Drama Festival, UK, 2007.

1st Produced:
Victoria Club, Arundel, West Sussex, Uk     2006

Organisations:
Drip action Theatre

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2008   

Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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White Lies

Synopsis:
Four old University chums meet up again after thirty years for a meal and talk. Bea is concerned only with herself and her own success, and doesn't care about the casual way she has hurt or used the others in the past, and the other ladies decide it's time for payback. But their little revenge stunt goes a little further than they planned.

Notes:
Winner Best Comedy And Best Unpublished Play Awards, Maidenhead Drama Festival, UK, 2006.

1st Produced:
Pinder Hall, Berks, Uk     2006

Organisations:
Tarrystone Players

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts, 2008   

Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Writer's Cramp

Synopsis:
Hilary Hunter has made his name and fortune writing the Jack Brady movies, but now he's been ousted by a younger man represented by his agent, and he thinks his daughter's new boyfriend may have stolen his wallet. a frantic couple of days in the life of a writer in the twilight of his career.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Aberdeen, Hong Kong     2010

Organisations:
Canadian International School of Hong Kong

1st Published:
Lazy Bee Scripts (2009)   

Music:
-

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Genre:
play One act

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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