The air's still toxic over there. The ash and sulphur. I'm a bit pissed off to be honest.'
Boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl. Girl takes in the survivor of a natural disaster.
A play about grief, survival and the pressures of living.
James's first full-length play, FOUR MINUTES TWELVE SECONDS, was runner-up of the Soho Theatre's 2013 Verity Bargate Award. It was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre before transferring to Trafalgar Studios in 2015. It then won him the “Most Promising Playwright” prize at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards 2015.
His other plays include ROSS & RACHEL (“a virtuosic piece of writing” Time Out) which opened to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, and PARLIAMENT SQUARE, which won a Bruntwood Prize in 2015. He is the recipient of a 2016 residency at the BANFF playwrights Colony in Canada, and will also be on attachment to the National Theatre in 2016.
Fifth Word's commissioning programme
In 2015 we commissioned Phoebe Éclair Powell and James Fritz who are both among the most exciting upcoming voices in playwriting on a national level. Lava and Are we dead Yet Benny? have been commissioned and developed by Fifth Word, with support from Derby Theatre and with Nic Wass as the lead dramaturg.
After many drafts and a workshop both plays were showcased in the form of a rehearsed reading at Derby Theatre Arrivals Festival 2017.