Beached by James McDermott.

 What’s it about?

Morrissey-obsessed teenager Jimmy lives in Sheringham, the seaside town they forgot to bomb. He wishes he was anyone else and anywhere else. Then his bicycle punctures on a hillside desolate and his life turns upside down…”Beached” is a comic coming-of age story about learning to love, laugh and live wherever and whoever you are.

Performed and written by James McDermott

Directed by Julia Sowerbutts

Beached won best play at INK 2015 and subsequently went on to win  Velvet Trumpet’s  best new short comedy at Southwark Playhouse.

Beached has since been developed into a full length play “Rubber Ring” which opened at The Pleasance, Islington to critical acclaim and later this year transfers to The Tristan Bates Theatre, London’s West End.


James McDermott – Jimmy

James McDermott is a Norfolk based writer performer. His solo plays have been staged at Southwark Playhouse, The Old Red Lion Theatre, INK and Latitude. In 2016, James’s first full length solo play Rubber Ring opened at The Pleasance Islington to critical acclaim and later this year transfers to The Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s West End.


Julia Sowerbutts – Director

Julia Sowerbutts segued from professional actress to director when she moved to Suffolk fifteen years ago. She trained at Durham University, The Drama Studio, London and at UEA where she gained a distinction in a Theatre Directing MA. For INK she has directed Steam, The Other Woman, Biggest Fear, Powerhouse, Write into War, Daughter and Beached. The latter won Velvet Trumpet’s 2015 new comedy award at Southwark Playhouse. Julia also helped develop and directed Role Play for High Tide 2016 and in November she directed a full length Daughter for The Pleasance Theatre, London. Other recent productions include: Happy Families Tangled Lives and Julia’s adaptation of A Matter of Life and Death for her theatre company Sanderlings, Sunshine on Leith, A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Henry IV Part 1, Travesties, A Christmas Carol, Ajax, Ann Boleyn, Pack of Lies, Wind in the Willows and Letters from Aldeburgh.

Bill Jackson photography