Charlene James
Charlene James

2017 Finalist

Cuttin’ It

Synopsis: Muna sits on the top deck of the bus listening to Rihanna with her mates, while Iqra sits downstairs, desperate to fit in. The school girls grow closer and realise they share a painful moment from their past that they are forced to confront. Cuttin’ It explores the issue of female genital mutilation in Britain.

Cast Breakdown:

Muna – Female, 15

Iqra – Female, 15

Set/Costume Requirements: Minimal set. School uniforms

Agent: Lily William at Curtis Brown


Play Service: Published by Faber and Faber

Bio: Charlene James is an award winning playwright and trained as an actress at Birmingham School of Acting and at The School at Steppenwolf, Chicago.

She was writer in residence at Birmingham REP for their season focusing on mental health and wrote for the Young Theatre Makers which premiered at the Birmingham REP before touring.

Cuttin’ It premiered at Young Vic before touring to Royal Court, Birmingham Rep, Sheffield Theatre and The Yard. Charlene won the Alfred Fagon Award, George Devine Award, UK Theatre Award, Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Cuttin’ It. It was adapted for BBC Radio 4 an aired as Drama of the week. It won an Audio Drama Award.

Charlene is currently on the 4Screenwriting course and has written for the BBC.