Written and performed by James McDermott, directed by Julia Sowerbutts, Beached premiered at the INK Festival 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 Theatre, London to critical acclaim and then transferred to The Tristan Bates Theatre, London’s West End.

It is currently on tour.


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.

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