James Bonser

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University of the West of England (UWE)

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I am a Bristol-based actor, award-winning writer and artistic director.

Previous stage acting credits include Don Adriano De Armardo in William Shakespeare's "Love's Labours Lost" for the Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Captain E.J. Smith in "Titanic" at the Redgrave Theatre, multiple roles in productions at the last three Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and Hamlet in an adaptation of the tradgedy entitled "Quintessence of Dust" for The Libertine Theatre Company. I also appear in a featured role in Ignition Films' Michael Powell Award nominated "Flying Blind" (2012).

Directing credits include "JACK", which I also wrote and produced with my own company (EOTASI) at The Little Black Box Theatre on 20th and 21st July 2012. It later went on to win Best Original Play and Best Actor for Patrick McHugh at the 2013 Bristol One-Act Drama Festival.

I have also directed Royal Court Writer Amy Bethan Evans' short play "The Women of Troy" for UWE Drama's 2011 Armistice Day show, Sophie Lowden's "My Name is Dakota" and Andrew Horigan's "Chains I" for the last two Original Writing Showcases at Jongleurs (2011) and St Matthias Campus (2012), as well as Dennis Potter's "Blue Remembered Hills" in 2010.

As a Presenter I co-hosted a popular Sunday morning radio show on UWE Hub Radio in 2010, and as a Reviewer I wrote theatre reviews online and for the Westerneye newspaper.

I am a keen musician being able to play guitar to a grade three standard and having formerly been the frontman of a four-piece Rock covers group. I was the recipient of the Rosie's Music Trust award upon graduating from Southam College.

In 2013, I won critical praise for my performances as Huld in a revival of Franz Kafka's "The Trial" at the Alma Tavern Theatre, and as the Captor in the new production of my own play "JACK" at the Bristol One-Act Festival. I also star as Harry in Richard Whittaker's short film "Wingmen", and will play the role of Ned in "One - The Movie" currently filming in Bristol.

My second original play "Noir - A Black Comedy" is currently in its second draft after an extract from it won the UWE Drama Society Award for Best Creative Writing in 2012.

In my spare time, I work as a Front of House Assistant at Bristol Hippodrome and as a TV Extra.

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