Ashfield School is celebrating the success of its former student, playwright James Graham, as he is awarded an OBE for services to drama and young people in British Theatre.

In a recent interview, James said: “I’ve been so lucky with the people who have championed me, from my school teachers who believed working-class kids should be allowed to access theatre, to all the other family and friends, artists and audiences who keep supporting me to this day.”

Amongst James’ many credits are Finding Neverland, a musical about Peter Pan (music and lyrics written by Gary Barlow), numerous highly acclaimed plays with productions in the West End and on Broadway, and recently the TV Drama Quiz based on the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire scandal.

James returned to Ashfield a few years ago to speak at the Summer Awards evening and the students were so inspired to hear the story of a local boy who had achieved such amazing success within a very competitive industry.

Congratulations James, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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