Dr James Martin Charlton


Dr James Martin Charlton
NameDr James Martin Charlton
Job titleInterim Academic Dean Faculty of Arts & Creative Industries
Research institute
Primary appointmentFaculty Leadership
Email addressJ.Charlton@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9066-4705
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Dr James Martin Charlton is a writer/director/academic specialising in writing and directing for stage & screen.

He has written more than 20 plays for the stage, many of which have been produced or workshopped by professional theatre companies in the UK. He has directed and produced a number of plays by other contemporary playwrights. He has written short film scripts - four of which have been produced - and developed a number of feature film screenplays. 

Since the mid-1980s, he has been developing means to infuse contemporary drama with a sense of spiritual consciousness. Rooted predominately in the Christian anarchist tradition, this undertaking has involved writing dramas which can speak to an audience in the now, whilst not losing sight of that which is eternal and unchanging. This practice as an endeavour to create a form of Visionary Drama, a drama first and foremost of the spiritual life.

He taught scriptwriting at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, at Middlesex University and elsewhere. He has produced academic writing on such subjects as contemporary drama his own writing and directing practice, and the intersection of drama with new technologies. Since 2022 he has been Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at Middlesex.     

Teaching

Currently supervising PGR doctorates in the areas of scriptwriting practice and creative practice with spiritual themes. 

Employment

Interim Academic Dean
Middlesex University
23 May 2022
Head of Department, Media
Middlesex University
04 Jun 2015
22 Mar 2022
Principle Lecturer / Associate Professor in Scriptwriting
Middlesex University
10 Jul 2011

Education and qualifications

Grants

Prizes and Awards

Research outputs

Divine Vision: William Blake in Felpham

Charlton, J. 2023. Divine Vision: William Blake in Felpham. London, UK TSL Publications.

Farms, libraries and adventure playground spaces for Orwell, Hardie, Carroll and Fry: James Martin Charlton's site-responsive productions of James Kenworth's plays in Newham

Charlton, J. 2023. Farms, libraries and adventure playground spaces for Orwell, Hardie, Carroll and Fry: James Martin Charlton's site-responsive productions of James Kenworth's plays in Newham. Performing Space 2023 - Argolida. Nafplio, Greece 07 - 09 Jul 2023

Writing visionary drama: an anarcho-Christian approach to the contemporary British play through four theatre texts by James Martin Charlton: The World & his Wife, Coming Up, ecstasy + GRACE, Coward

Charlton, J. 2021. Writing visionary drama: an anarcho-Christian approach to the contemporary British play through four theatre texts by James Martin Charlton: The World & his Wife, Coming Up, ecstasy + GRACE, Coward. PhD thesis Middlesex University Arts and Creative Industries

Elizabeth Fry: 'The Angel of Prisons'

Kenworth, J. and Charlton, J. 2022. Elizabeth Fry: 'The Angel of Prisons'. Canning Town, London E16 1GY 22 - 27 Aug 2022

Building a text for actors and AR (Backpages 32.1)

Charlton, J., Cottis, D. and Moar, M. 2022. Building a text for actors and AR (Backpages 32.1). Contemporary Theatre Review. 32 (1), pp. 112-115. https://doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2022.2009659

Protomartyr reading

Charlton, J. 2022. Protomartyr reading.

Fellow Creature 360 annotated

Moar, M. and Charlton, J. 2020. Fellow Creature 360 annotated.

Reformation

Charlton, J. 2019. Reformation. Portsmouth Playdead Press.

Reformation

Charlton, J. 2019. Reformation. Kennington, London 25 Jun - 13 Jul 2019

VR and the dramatic theatre: are they fellow creatures?

Charlton, J. and Moar, M. 2018. VR and the dramatic theatre: are they fellow creatures? International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. 14 (2), pp. 187-198. https://doi.org/10.1080/14794713.2018.1511137

Fellow Creature 360°

Moar, M. and Charlton, J. 2017. Fellow Creature 360°.

Fellow Creatures360° project

Moar, M. and Charlton, J. 2017. Fellow Creatures360° project.

The Theatrum Mundi and Everyman/Everywoman: traditionalist dramaturgical devices in the contemporary stage Poetics of the author, James Martin Charlton

Charlton, J. 2017. The Theatrum Mundi and Everyman/Everywoman: traditionalist dramaturgical devices in the contemporary stage Poetics of the author, James Martin Charlton. 3rd International Conference in Creative Writing (University of Western Macedonia). Corfu, Greece 06 - 08 Oct 2017 pp. 1226-1230

If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing on public television – Joe Orton’s plays on television

Charlton, J. 2014. If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing on public television – Joe Orton’s plays on television. Theatre and Television: Adaptation, Production, Performance. Alexandra Palace 19 - 20 Feb 2015

Telling and retelling the tale. adapting the murder ballad ‘Duncan and Brady’ for the stage as past and future visions of a folk crime

Charlton, J. 2016. Telling and retelling the tale. adapting the murder ballad ‘Duncan and Brady’ for the stage as past and future visions of a folk crime. Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research. 2.

A desire for immersion: the panorama to the Oculus Rift

Charlton, J. and Moar, M. 2015. A desire for immersion: the panorama to the Oculus Rift. 24th International Panorama Conference 2015. Namur, Belgium 09 - 12 Sep 2015 IPC.

Adapting The Pilgrim's Progress for the stage (2)

Charlton, J. 2015. Adapting The Pilgrim's Progress for the stage (2). The Recorder. 21, pp. 20-22.

Been on the job too long

Charlton, J. 2015. Been on the job too long. Theatre N16, Stoke Newington, London, UK 26 - 27 May 2015

Fat souls (plays volume one)

Charlton, J. 2015. Fat souls (plays volume one). London Playdead Press.

Folk Song Stories as Structural Paradigms

Gibb, L. and Charlton, J. 2014. Folk Song Stories as Structural Paradigms. NAWE Conference 2014. Bristol, UK 14 - 16 Nov 2014

Revolution Farm

Charlton, J. and Kenworth, J. 2014. Revolution Farm. Newham City Farm 19 - 24 Aug 2014

The Newham Plays: contextualising localist, site-responsive, new writing and its roots in a community’s history, culture and people (2014-2019)

Kenworth, J. and Charlton, J. 2014. The Newham Plays: contextualising localist, site-responsive, new writing and its roots in a community’s history, culture and people (2014-2019). Middlesex University Research Repository.

Been on the job too long: past and present visions of a folk crime

Charlton, J. 2014. Been on the job too long: past and present visions of a folk crime. Stage the Future: The First International Conference of Science Fiction Theatre. Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, TW20 0EX, UK 26 - 27 Apr 2014

Revolution Farm - The Film

Kenworth, J. and Charlton, J. 2014. Revolution Farm - The Film. Newham, London, UK

Coward: a speculative play about the life of Noël Coward

Charlton, J. 2013. Coward: a speculative play about the life of Noël Coward. London Playdead Press.

The anti-didactic hypothesis

Charlton, J. 2013. The anti-didactic hypothesis. Great Writing 2013. Imperial College London 29 - 30 Jun 2013

Battis boy

Charlton, J. 2013. Battis boy. Arcola Theatre 01 Dec 2013

Coward

Charlton, J. 2012. Coward. The Met, Bury 02 Jun 2012

Academic

Charlton, J. 2011. Academic.

What shall we do with the drunken sailor

Ward, C. and Charlton, J. 2011. What shall we do with the drunken sailor.

Fellow creature

Charlton, J. 2009. Fellow creature. Arcola Theatre, London 18 Oct 2009

Teaching screenwriting.

Charlton, J. 2009. Teaching screenwriting. Writing in education.

Apeth

Charlton, J. 2007. Apeth.

Whose journey is this? A radical approach to the question of the 'journey' taken in scripts.

Charlton, J. 2007. Whose journey is this? A radical approach to the question of the 'journey' taken in scripts. in: Butt, M. (ed.) Story: the heart of the matter. London Greenwich Exchange. pp. 111-123

Best shot.

Kelleher, A., Charlton, J. and Thorn, M. 2006. Best shot.
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