“The language, wit, insights, power of expression… Simply magnificent” Stephen Fry

Through a series of cheeky chatty performance poems, James McDermott considers sexuality,
masculinity and how the rural landscape, nature, nurture, politics and pop culture have shaped the his
identity and life. Grab a drink and settle in for an hour with James as he takes you through childhood,
adolescence, and manhood through his witty, wise eyes.

James McDermott has written two plays (Rubber Ring, Time & Tide) and now writes for EastEnders.
This show is based on James’s spoken word poetry collection, Manatomy which is published by
Burning Eye Books and was longlisted for Polari’s First Book Prize 2021.

“Bold and startling” Julian Clary

“Utterly contemporary and impressively confessional. A book that was missing from the lives of
many youths of my generation” David McAlmont

“McDermott delivers us his heart, terrors and triumphs” Luke Wright