James Phillips
Fresh Ink: Hull Playwriting Festival 2024

Workshop: Responding to Place

James Phillips

A workshop on making shows in non-theatre spaces, originally advertised as being with Alan Lane, of Slung Low.

Starting with a conversation around Flood, the four-part, water-staged epic that played throughout Hull’s year as the 2017 UK City of Culture, this workshop is designed to explore the challenges and excitements of making theatre outdoors and in unusual spaces.

About James Phillips

James is a Writer and Director. His theatre work includes FloodThe Rubenstein Kiss, Hidden in the Sand, Camelot: The Shining City, McQueen and City Stories. His first play, The Rubenstein Kiss (which he also directed) won both the TMA Award for Best Play of the Year and the John Whiting Award. His 4 part epic, Flood, was a centrepiece of the UK’s 2017 Capital of Culture and produced by Slung Low. It comprised two live plays, a thirty minute film commissioned for BBC Television and a short film. Flood was voted by Guardian Newspaper Readers as one of the Top 10 UK shows of 2017, and Hull ’17 won The Stage’s Award for Producer of the Year, and Flood’s BBC 2 Drama won an RTS Award.
His play City Stories had a Residency at St James Theatre, London from 2014-17. In May 2016 City Stories then transferred to 59East59 Theater in New York.McQueen: or Lee and Beauty, broke box office records for St James Theatre in London and transferred to the West End.  Camelot: The Shining City– which was produced with a cast of 150- was named as one of the top 5 UK Theatre Shows of 2015 by The Guardian. The success of Hidden in the Sand led to him being asked to give a lecture at the House of Parliament for the All Party Commission on Cyprus. The Good Book, another collaboration with  Slung Low was released in May 2020 and his second film in this series, “The Magician”, was released in 2023.
He was CEO of NSDF- the iconic UK Theatre Festival- from 2019-2022. After three years NSDF had seen a 335% increase in participants, had created the first ever fully online festival in the UK and won an ACE national award as “UK Digital Trailblazers”. 

Sun 21 July

Pier Street





You will be taken to the website of Hull Truck Theatre, who are managing sales, to book your tickets.

Sunday 21 July


For help booking tickets, please contact Hull Truck Theatre box office on 01482 323638 or boxoffice@hulltruck.co.uk.

Seating and Access

Unreserved Seating

Seating at Pier Street is unreserved, arranged in a relaxed layout with tables and chairs. If you need to sit in a particular place, such as close to the facilitator for lip-reading, please add a note to the access requirements box when prompted at checkout.

Essential Companions

A free, no-questions-asked additional ticket is available for any disabled audience member who requires an essential companion. To book, please order 2x standard tickets, then apply the essential companion discount code on the Event Summary ‘Basket’ page. This will then convert 1x standard ticket to a free one.

BSL Users

BSL-interpreter, Vicci Ackroyd, will be available to interpret this workshop. Please check the “BSL user” box at checkout when booking tickets and we will coordinate with Vicci, who will attend the event you have booked. Seating with the best view of Vicci will be reserved for BSL users.

Access Requiements

To reserve a wheelchair space, please book a standard ticket and add a note to the access requirements box at checkout.

For any other access requirements, please add a note to the access requirements box at checkout.

Fresh Ink Co-Founder and Producer: Middle Child. Fresh Ink Co-Founder and Sponsor: Wykeland Group. Fresh Ink Supporters: J F Brignall Charitable Trust. Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust. I Am Fund. Two Ridings Community Foundation. The Warren Youth Project. Hull Truck Theatre. Garrick Charitable Trust.