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© James Hyland 1998-2017

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James Hyland is Artistic Director and Founder of Brother Wolf.


He is also an award-winning actor/writer/producer as well as a director and film-editor. As an actor, James began his career by winning the Guardian International Student Drama Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995. Following this, he went on to perform with theatre groups such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, winning eight more awards for his performances on stage and screen. Under the mantle of his production company, Brother Wolf, James has written, produced and acted in several projects that have gained universal acclaim including 'Dead Meat' ("dark, daring and utterly bananas " – Time Out); and his record-breaking box office hit 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)' ("a forcefully compelling masterpiece... outstanding" – Manx Independent), a ground-breaking one-man show for which he won Best Performer in Theatre (Fringe Report Awards 2012) as well as receiving a nomination for The London Theatre Award (London Awards for Art and Performance 2012); and his most recent Dickens adaptation 'Fagin's Last Hour', a powerful solo drama based on 'Oliver Twist' ("truly astonishing... unforgettable theatre at its best" – The Courier). Uniformly celebrated, James's literary adaptations have received recognition from The Queen at Buckingham Palace for their part in Dickensian scholarship.


In 2013, James was awarded Best Male Act (Solo Festival 2013) following the premiere of his new one-man show, 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' ("powerful, intense, spellbinding and disturbing" - The Yorkshire Times). By 2014, 'A Christmas Carol - As told by Jacob Marley (deceased)' had been officially rated as one of "the top Christmas shows in London, Edinburgh and around the UK" – High 50 Culture. His most recent production is 'A Lesson from Auschwitz', a two-hander produced in commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz. Described by London Theatre 1 as "superb... totally believable... it's important that plays like this are seen by as many people as posible", it is one of James's most hard-hitting shows to date. Other acclaimed work for Brother Wolf includes 'Play the Game' ("The bastard off-spring of Reservoir Dogs and Carry On” – Time Out) of which he is the writer, director, producer and lead actor; and his short film 'Blackbird' of which he is the writer, director, producer, editor, and cast member; and also 'The London Shadow Show', a TV and Radio sketch show, of which he is the writer, producer, and cast member.



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Artistic Director

James Hyland