|Full name||James Martin Hilary Graham-Brown|
11 July 1951 |
Thetford, Norfolk, England
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium-pace|
|Relations||Lionel Blaxland (great-uncle)
Annie Hemingway (daughter)
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 15 November 2016|
Early life and education
Graham-Brown was born at Thetford, Norfolk, the son of Lewis Graham-Brown and his wife Elizabeth Blaxland. He attended Sevenoaks School in Kent, playing in the First XI for several years and as captain in 1970, when he scored 403 runs at an average of 40.30 and took 45 wickets at 8.60. He went on to the University of Kent, where he obtained a First Class Honours degree in English Literature, and then to Bristol University, where he obtained a Master's degree in Philosophy.
He started playing for Kent Second XI in 1972, and made his County Championship debut for the club in 1974. Bowling at a steady pace, he played in seven matches that season. He was also an effective bowler in one-day matches. On 1 September, playing against Lancashire in the John Player League, he took 3 for 4 off five overs and Kent won narrowly; six days later, also against Lancashire, in the final of the Gillette Cup, he took 2 for 15 off 12 overs, and Kent won again. However, he played only one first-class match and one List A match in 1975.
After five first-class and three List A games in the 1976 season, in which Kent finished in fourteenth place in the County Championship, Graham-Brown moved to Derbyshire for the 1977 season. His two years there were erratic, but after a healthy stint in the first team he gave up the first-class game in 1978. He took to Minor Counties Cricket in 1981, playing for Cornwall until 1984, and for Dorset from 1989 to 1991.
He became a schoolteacher. He was Head of Truro High School for eight years before taking up the position of headmaster of the independent girls' school, the Royal High School, Bath, on Lansdown in Bath. In December 2009, after 11 years in the position, he retired.
Dougie Blaxland's plays, with date of first performance:
- Leaving Samson (1997)
- Marital Moments (2002)
- Moving In and Taking Over (2004)
- Going Down (2005)
- Crisis (2006)
- A Degree of Compulsion (2006)
- Hatching Vain Empires (2006)
- Hitching Rides Home (2006)
- A Hostage Close to Home (2006)
- A Public Kind Of Privacy (2006)
- Redeeming Lizzie Reeve (2006)
- Speaking Ill Of the Dead (2006)
- Chauntecleer and Pertelotte (2007)
- Getting Scrap Value (2007)
- The Wild Woods (2008)
- That Moment (2008)
- You'll Never Guess What? (2008)
- If I Were a Carpenter (2010)
- Never Any Fruit (2010)
- Biggles Flies a Fokker Home (2011)
- Machamlear (2011)
- The Tamworth Two (2011)
- Bursary Boy (2012)
- A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2012)
- Jane Eyre: An Autobiography (2013)
- The King of the Choughs (2014)
- Wuthering Heights (2014)
- Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot (2015)
- When the Eye Has Gone (2016)
- Wisden 1971, p. 834.
- "After Dinner Speaker: James Graham-Brown". Quality Entertainments. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
- "Lancashire v Kent, John Player League, 1974". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
- "Kent v Lancashire, Gillette Cup, 1974". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
- Hopps, David. "Belly laughs and sadness". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
- "First Draft Theatre Company Presents 'A Public Kind of Privacy'". First Draft Theatre. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- "Chauntecleer and Pertelotte". TimeOut. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- Gordon, Sue. "Biggles Flies A Fokker Home". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- "Richard III, Boxed Romeo and Juliet, The Incubator...". UKViews. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- "Tamworth 2 now stars of a new play". Bath Chronicle. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
- "A Christmas Carol The Musical (review)". British Theatre Guide. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- Franks, Paul. "Jane Eyre: An Autobiography (review)". janeeyreanautobiography. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- "The King Of The Choughs – Review". The Minack Theatre. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- "A play for the Rugby World Cup 2015". Everyman Theatre. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- "When The Eye Has Gone (review)". Everyman Theatre. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
- "Colin Milburn Play: When the Eye Has Gone". AllOutCricket.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
- Dougie Blaxland at Doollee.com (includes list of plays)