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The Boy James is a play written by Alexander Wright that opened in 2010 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and featured as part of Belt Up Theatre's 2010 Edinburgh season, The House Above.

The Boy James
Jethro Compton as "The Boy"
Written byAlexander Wright
Characters"The Boy"
"The Girl"
Date premiered2010
Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh
Original languageEnglish

Directed by Dominic Allen and produced by Jethro Compton, the play has since been performed in London, across the United Kingdom, and has returned to Edinburgh as part of the Belt Up Theatre 2011 season. Critical and public acclaim has led to the show being the longest running of Belt Up Theatre's repertoire, and was one of the two shows that were part of their international debut in the Adelaide Fringe Festival, in 2012 (alongside Outland).


The PlayEdit

Inspired by the life and work of J. M. Barrie, The Boy James is the story of one boy’s awakening to the harsh realities of adulthood. The play invites the audience to join James as he escapes these harsh realities by traveling in his mind back to Neverland.

The Boy James is presented by Belt Up Theatre, who The Observer says are "changing the future of British theatre,"[1] and whom Time Out London call "fringe royalty."[2]


  • "The Boy"
  • "The Girl"
  • "James"


2010: Original Edinburgh castEdit

  • Jethro Compton as The Boy
  • Veronica Hare as The Girl
  • James Wilkes as James

2011: London and Touring castEdit

  • Jethro Compton as The Boy
  • Lucy Farrett as The Girl
  • James Wilkes as James

2011: Edinburgh castEdit

  • Jethro Compton as The Boy
  • Lucy Farrett as The Girl
  • Dan Wood as James

2012: London and international castEdit

  • Jethro Compton as The Boy
  • Serena Manteghi as The Girl
  • Dominic Allen as James

2015: Castle Theatre Company, Durham UniversityEdit

  • George Rexstrew as The Boy
  • Jenny Walser as The Girl
  • Hugh Train as James


Overall the show has attracted great acclaim by both audience member and reviewer alike, which has led it to several successful runs. Stephen Fry tweeted that he had "...just been knocked out by The Boy James... Still drying my eyes."[3] and The Stage called it "Belt Up's finest performance.".[4] In the 2011 presentation The Guardian noted that Wright's play "reaches out for something he can't grasp,"[5] and, "the overall effect is of something almost, but not quite, enchanting.".[5] It's Adelaide production was incredibly favoured, spoken of highly by leading publication The Adelaide Advertiser 'its delivery is so disarming, charming and well performed that it is well worth a look'.[6] and by leading theatre critic outlet Adelaide Theatre Guide 'An unsettling, thought-provoking and imaginative work from a theatre company to keep an eye on; here’s hoping they’ll make the Adelaide Fringe a regular destination.' [7]


  1. ^ "New British Theatre Companies". The Observer. 13 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Macbeth: Review". Time Out London.
  3. ^ "Stephen Fry". January 2011.
  4. ^ Soco, C (8 August 2011). "Belt Up's The Boy James". The Stage.
  5. ^ a b Gardner, Lyn (20 January 2011). "The Boy James - review". The Guardian.
  6. ^ [1], Cameron England.
  7. ^ [2], Jamie Wright.