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New Tricks Rehearsed Reading- Nights by Daniel Kanaber 20/06/2017

Casting Announcement:  This week we are thrilled to be working with Jamie Samuel and Tom Varey on the…

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New Tricks: Close to home 04/05/2017

To say I’m my father’s first born son would be a lie. He has no sons born. None…

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Narvik Snapshots 11/04/2017

In the wake of our hugely successful run of Narvik, we’ve been reminiscing over a happy two months…

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Rave Reviews for Narvik 02/03/2017

★★★★ The Observer | ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ The i Paper | ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★★ The Stage “Narvik is…

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NARVIK: Playwright’s Perspective Video 08/02/2017

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NARVIK: Early reviews are in… 03/02/2017

“Sailors and sound effects are a perfect match in a wartime tale. Lizzie Nunnery’s play with music captures…

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Cast Away Blog: Actor Joe Shipman 26/01/2017

1) If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? I think morale would…

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Cast Away Blog: Actor Lucas Smith 25/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? Out of the…

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Cast Away Blog: Actor Nina Yndis 24/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? Going Home –…

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NARVIK Rehearsal Photos 23/01/2017

Rehearsal photos at Unity Theatre‘s Play Space. Production supported by Unity Theatre‘s Out of Space: Play Space project. (c)…

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Cast Away Blog: Musician Joe Hirons 20/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? The Ship Song…

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Cast Away Blog: Playwright Lizzie Nunnery 19/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? Right now I’d take…

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Horror on the arctic seas: Lizzie Nunnery on her play about the liberation of Narvik

Published on Monday 16th January 2017. Read the Guardian G2 Feature here: bit.ly/NarvikG2.

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Cast Away Blog: Movement Director Elinor Randle 18/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? Queen- Don’t Stop…

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Cast Away Blog: Associate Producer Amy Fisher 17/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? The Bee Gee’s….

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Cast Away Blog: Musician Maz O’Connor 13/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose?  A Case of…

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Cast Away Blog: Director Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder 12/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? It’s All Over…

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Cast Away Blog: Composer/Musician Vidar Norheim 11/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? ‘Shipbuilding’ by Elvis…

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Cast Away Blog: Designer Katie Scott 10/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? Ralph Vaughn Willams…

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PlayBox 2017: Meet the PlayBoxers… 04/01/2017

Happy New Year! New year, new plays… As we launch into 2017 all guns blazing, we’re delighted to…

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Merry Christmas from the Tricksters! 22/12/2016

It’s fair to say 2016 has been a pretty dramatic year. Not least here at Box of Tricks…

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NARVIK sets sail in the new year… 07/12/2016

As our tenth anniversary celebrations roll on, we embark on an eight-week national tour of our critically-acclaimed production of…

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Moving to Manchester was the best decision we ever made 31/10/2016

[This article originally appeared in The Stage on 13 October 2016.] This year, Box of Tricks celebrates a…

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Tea Break Blog- Jamie Samuel: Actor 21/10/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I play Mikey in ‘Plastic Figurines’. Mikey is on the…

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Tea Break Blog – Richard Owen: Lighting Designer 19/10/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I’m the lighting designer for the production. My role is…

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Tea Break Blog – Ella Carmen Greenhill: Playwright 17/10/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I’m the writer. I’ve worked closely with Adam from the…

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Plastic Figurines: Relaxed Performance 14/10/2016

Relaxed Performance Saturday 22nd October 2016, 3:30pm Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit…

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Tea Break Blog – Chris Hope: Composer

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I am the composer for the play; which has involved…

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Tea Break Blog- Adam Quayle: Director 11/10/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines I’m directing Plastic Figurines. As an Artistic Director of Box…

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Rave Reviews for Plastic Figurines 04/10/2016

Nominated for two Offies: Best Male & Best Supporting Female “This short, sweet, painful play by Ella Carmen…

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“Highly praised” PLASTIC FIGURINES is recommended by the Critics… 28/09/2016

Guardian Guide: Five of the best theatre shows this week “The New Diorama may not be as familiar…

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Writing for Two 23/09/2016

Playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill talks about her experiences of being a writer and a new mum… As I…

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Tea Break Blog- Amy Fisher: Associate Producer 21/09/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I’m the Associate Producer with Box of Tricks, which means…

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Tea Break Blog- Vanessa Schofield: Actor 20/09/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I will be playing the role of Rose in Plastic…

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Check out the Plastic Figurines rehearsal photos… 16/09/2016

(c) Lucas Smith After a hugely successful national tour in 2015, Plastic Figurines by Ella Carmen Greenhill returns…

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Tea Break Blog- Chris James: Sound Designer 15/09/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I am the sound designer. I work with the composer…

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Tea Break Blog- Katie Scott: Designer 13/09/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? As the designer for Plastic Figurines, my role is to…

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Rehearsals begin: Week one PLASTIC FIGURINES 09/09/2016

One week down and the rehearsals for Plastic Figurines are swiftly under way. It’s safe to say that…

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Cast announced for PLASTIC FIGURINES London transfer 07/09/2016

This week we went back into the rehearsal room with the beautiful Plastic Figurines ahead of its 4-week run…

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Box of Tricks WLTM a Roommate 11/08/2016

Box of Tricks is looking for expressions of interest from freelancers and small companies who may be interested…

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10th Anniversary Season 2016-17 18/07/2016

This year, Box of Tricks turns ten. To celebrate a decade of new play making, we’re bringing back…

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Top 10 of new plays as #TricksTurns10… 09/06/2016

This year, Box of Tricks celebrates a decade of new play making. Joint Artistic Director Adam Quayle reflects…

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10th Birthday Party 18/05/2016

The Eagle Inn, Salford Thursday 16 June 2016, 7pm This year, Box of Tricks turns ten. We’re throwing…

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Q&A with Chip Shop Chips Playwright Becky Prestwich 17/03/2016

As we enter the final week of touring the sold out production of Chip Shop Chips, we ask playwright…

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Chip Shop Chips Tour nearly completely SOLD OUT! 03/03/2016

Chip Shop Chips has been Box of Tricks’ fastest selling show to date, playing to packed houses wherever…

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Chip Shop Chips: Reviews Round-up 20/02/2016

“Genuinely heartbreaking… Chip Shop Chips is an all-round feel-good immersive production, performed in spaces you might never visit…

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Chip Off the Old Blog: Director Adam Quayle 18/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role I’m one of the Artistic Directors of Box of Tricks…

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Chip Off the Old Blog: Actor Jessica Forrest 17/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role I’m playing the role of Jasmine. She comes across…

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Chip Off the Old Blog: Actor Ben-Ryan Davies 16/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role On the face of it Lee is a friendly,…

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Chip Off the Old Blog: Playwright Becky Prestwich 11/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role I’m the writer, so really I think now that…

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Chip Off the Old Blog- Actor Russell Richardson 10/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role Eric, my character, is a down-to-earth northern man returning…

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Chip Off the Old Blog- Designer Katie Scott 05/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role My name is Katie, I am the designer for…

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Chip Off the Old Blog- Actor Julie Edwards 03/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role Christine is a lady who has lost her husband,…

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CHIP SHOP CHIPS: First day of rehearsals! 31/01/2016

Rehearsals start for our Northern Tour of Chip Shop Chips… Touring the North from 17 February to 23 March…

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Cast announced for CHIP SHOP CHIPS! 07/01/2016

  As we dive head-first into 2016, we’re delighted to announce the cast and creative team for our…

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NARVIK: Reviews round-up 15/09/2015

“Lizzie Nunnery’s thrillingly enigmatic memory play… Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder’s production for Box of Tricks has a chilled, hallucinatory quality……

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NARVIK Launch: Interview with director Hannah 08/09/2015

Ahead of NARVIK launching at the Playhouse Studio tonight, have a read of an interview with Joint Artistic…

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Port of Call – Playwright Lizzie Nunnery 04/09/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role  I’m the playwright and also a musician. I’ve written…

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Port of Call – Director Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder 02/09/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I’m the director of Narvik and have been involved…

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Port of Call – Designer Maeve Black 31/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I am the set and costume designer, and along…

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Port of Call – Lighting Designer Richard Owen 28/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I’m the lighting designer for the production. With Hannah,…

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Port of Call – Musician/Composer Martin Heslop 26/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I am one of the three musicians who are…

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Port of Call – Musician/Composer Vidar Norheim 24/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I’m a musician in the play and co-composer of…

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Port of Call – Actor Lucas Smith 21/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role Kenny is a quick-witted, intuitive and secretly sensitive London…

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Port of Call – Actor Nina Yndis 19/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role? Else is a history teacher from Oslo who lives…

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Port of Call – Actor Joe Shipman 17/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I play Jim Callaghan whose memories of his experiences…

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Maeve Black: LIPA Design Prize winner on NARVIK 14/08/2015

I’m Maeve and I am a very recent graduate from the Theatre and Performance Design course at LIPA….

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Sea Shanties: Vidar Norheim on NARVIK 05/08/2015

I first worked on Narvik for Everyman Playhouse’s festival Everyword in 2013. It was a ten minute version…

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All Aboard: Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder on NARVIK 24/07/2015

Box of Tricks’ next project –Narvik – is the second production to come out of our New Tricks…

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Work Experience: My week with Box of Tricks 17/07/2015

My name’s Hannah Norbury and I’m a 17-year-old student from Manchester. I have just finished a week of…

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Setting Sail: Lizzie Nunnery on NARVIK 16/07/2015

Working on Narvik has been a great collaborative process so far and I’m really grateful to Box of…

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Cast announced for NARVIK! 10/07/2015

We’re pleased to announce the cast for our next production, new play with songs NARVIK by Lizzie Nunnery, at…

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Introducing our Foot in the Door placement, Paul Holliday 25/06/2015

  Over the past few weeks, we’ve had the pleasure of working with writer/performer Paul Holliday during his…

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Tea Break Blog- Amy Fisher: Producer 14/05/2015

  Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? I am the producer on plastic figurines. This…

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Final week of PLASTIC FIGURINES 11/05/2015

“Ella Carmen Greenhill’s much admired Plastic Figurines is at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold.” Lyn Gardner, Top Tickets,…

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Tea Break Blog- Chris Hope: Composer 07/05/2015

    Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? I am composing music for the play –…

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Tea Break Blog- Ella Carmen Greenhill: Playwright 06/05/2015

Tell us a little bit about your role? I’m the writer. It was great to finally get into…

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Manchester Theatre: Reasons to be cheerful 30/04/2015

   Joint Artistic Director Adam Quayle reflects on Manchester’s thriving theatre scene. [Originally written for the Lowry Blog…

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Plastic Figurines: Press Round-up 21/04/2015

After our first two weeks out on tour with Plastic Figurines, in Liverpool and London, it’s fair to say…

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Plastic Figurines: Early reviews… 10/04/2015

This week, we opened our Plastic Figurines tour at the brilliant Liverpool Playhouse Studio to a fantastic response from sold out…

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Q&A with Director Adam Quayle 08/04/2015

What is the play about? Plastic Figurines is a new play about a sister and her autistic brother…

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Tea Break Blog- Adam Quayle: Director 03/04/2015

Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? I’m one of the Artistic Directors of Box of…

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Tea Break- Chris James: Sound Designer 02/04/2015

Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? I am the sound designer. It is my job…

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Tea Break- Katie Scott: Designer 01/04/2015

Tell us a little bit about your character/ role?  My name is Katie, I am the designer for…

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Tea Break- Remmie Milner: Actor 31/03/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? Rose, is Michael’s older sister and has just…

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Tea Break- Jamie Samuel: Actor 30/03/2015

  Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? I’m playing Michael. He is Rose’s younger brother….

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Introducing Plastic Figurines… 12/03/2015

Check out the trailer for our national tour of Plastic Figurines throughout April and May. We are thrilled to…

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Season Launch 2015-16 03/03/2015

Following organisational development last year, Box of Tricks is renewed, revamped, relaunched and raring to go! We hope you like our new look and feel.

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Happy New Year from Box of Tricks! 29/12/2014

SEASONS GREETINGS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT BOX OF TRICKS!!! New Year, new…

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BBC Performing Arts Fellowship: Amy Fisher 10/12/2014

We’re hugely excited to announce that emerging producer Amy Fisher will be joining Box of Tricks next year…

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New Tricks: Getting chippy… 19/11/2014

As the year draws to a close, we hear from playwright Becky Prestwich about her experiences developing her…

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New Tricks: A Nordic adventure… 02/09/2014

As Box of Tricks’ organisational development continues, our NEW TRICKS initiative develops new plays from North West playwrights…

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Adventures on the Fringe 07/08/2014

It cannot have escaped your attention that there’s a little bit of theatre happening in Edinburgh at the…

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New Tricks: It started with a word… 25/07/2014

We realise it’s all been a bit quiet on the (North) Western front, as we approach the half-way…

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Box of Tricks hits the road: 3 days, 5 cities, 6 theatres 09/07/2014

As part of this year’s organisational development, Box of Tricks has been getting back to our vagabond roots:…

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Box of Tricks – BBC Performing Arts Fellowship 30/06/2014

BBC PERFORMING ARTS FELLOWSHIP CALLOUT Box of Tricks is seeking expressions of interest from individuals to become a…

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A heart to heart with… designer Rachel Wingate 27/11/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? I’m alright as I am,…

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Final week of IN DOGGERLAND… 25/11/2013

Final week of IN DOGGERLAND… ★★★★ “A touching and funny play” – What’s On Stage ★★★★ “Subtle, incisive…

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A heart to heart with… sound designer Chris James

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? I am very happy with…

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No rest for the wicked: IN DOGGERLAND on the road… 18/11/2013

We have a busy couple of weeks ahead on our In Doggerland tour. We’re off to Wigan, York, Preston and…

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IN DOGGERLAND tour opens to great reviews… 12/11/2013

“Manchester-based company Box of Tricks know how to pick their writers; Tom Morton-Smith’s script is both poetic and…

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Early reviews for IN DOGGERLAND are good… 09/11/2013

Benjamin Blyth and Jennifer Tan – (c) Devin Ainslie “Manchester-based company Box of Tricks know how to pick…

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#InDoggerland opens at the Lowry tonight! 07/11/2013

#InDoggerland opens at the Lowry tonight! The wait is over. Our touring production of new play In Doggerland by award-winning…

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In Doggerland tour kicks off at the Lowry this week! 05/11/2013

Watch our brand new Rehearsal Diary… Tour kicks off this week… After months of planning and weeks of…

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Watch the rehearsal diary for our tour of IN DOGGERLAND. Opening on Thursday at the Lowry before heading…

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A heart to heart with… actor Clive Moore 01/11/2013

  1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? My own from twenty…

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A heart to heart with… actor Benjamin Blyth 30/10/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? Working on the assumption that…

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See them all… IN DOGGERLAND Rehearsal Photos, a set on Flickr.

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A heart to heart with… actress Natalie Grady 28/10/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? I would probably want my…

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A heart to heart with… actress Jennifer Tan 24/10/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? Like my character Marnie, I…

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A heart to heart with… playwright Tom Morton-Smith 22/10/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? There’s a quote I like…

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In Doggerland Trailer 21/10/2013

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A heart to heart with… director Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder 17/10/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? I think it would have to…

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Introducing… the Young Media Consultants! 16/10/2013

Hello! So after two busy weeks of scurrying around behind the scenes, we thought it only polite if…

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Meet the company of IN DOGGERLAND 15/10/2013

We’re incredibly excited to announce the brilliant cast for our upcoming tour of Tom Morton-Smith’s new play IN…

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Box of Tricks launches national tour of IN DOGGERLAND 12/09/2013

Manchester theatre company Box of Tricks is delighted to announce that throughout November it will be touring the…

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Dress Shots from THE OTHER TEAM 03/09/2013

Dress shots from our rehearsed reading of THE OTHER TEAM by Chris Hoyle at Manchester Pride.

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Reahearsed Reading: THE OTHER TEAM at Manchester Pride 19/08/2013

Our SOLD OUT rehearsed reading of The Other Team – starring dream team cast John Henshaw, William Ash, Toby…

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The Other Team at Manchester Pride Fringe 30/07/2013

Box of Tricks in association with Manchester Pride presents a rehearsed reading of THE OTHER TEAM A new…

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A video of Counter Culture Club at 2022nq on 18th May 2013. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

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Counter Culture Club 14/05/2013

Counter Culture Club – Manchester’s Underground Arts Party – is this Saturday at 2022nq. Check out the awesome…

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Counter Culture Club Manchester 09/05/2013

Counter Culture Club Manchester’s Underground Arts Party Saturday 18th May, 2022nq, 7pm-late Smashing the fourth wall and bringing…

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Counter Culture Club is Coming 25/04/2013

#cccMcr is coming… www.countercultureclub.co.uk

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Word:Play Reviews Round-up 19/03/2013

Word:Play – Reviews Round-up… We’re catching the Tour Bus on Thursday for our final leg of Word:Play/NWxSW. We’ve…

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Word:Play – Behind the Bike Shed 11/03/2013

Word:Play – Behind the Bike Shed… “These 15-minute plays are likely to be short, sharp and in some…

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Word:Play/NWxSW – Behind the Scenes II

Word:Play/NWxSW – Behind the Scenes II In the next instalment of Word:Play/NWxSW – Behind the Scenes, Assistant Producer…

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Word:Play/NWxSW – Behind the Scenes 07/03/2013

Word:Play/NWxSW – Behind the Scenes This week, Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford moves behind the scenes to interview the…

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Word:Play/NWxSW is Hitting the Road

Hitting the road… So Word:Play/NWxSW is go! We opened at the Octagon Theatre Bolton and are now on the…

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Check out the Word:Play dress photos… 05/03/2013

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Word:Play/NWxSW Publicity Shots… 26/02/2013

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Word:Play/NWxSW Trailer…

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Meet the Word:Playwrights – Part III 22/02/2013

In our final instalment of meet the Word:Playwrights, Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford grills Natalie McGrath and Ella Greenhill…

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Meet the Word:Playwrights – Part II 21/02/2013

In our second instalment of our playwright interviews, Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford grills Bea Roberts and Luke Barnes…

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Meet the Word:Playwrights – Part I 18/02/2013

Already four days into rehearsals, our Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford asked two of our writers how they feel…

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Word:Play/NWxSW – Meet the Actors 13/02/2013

As we gear ourselves up for Word:Play/NWxSW rehearsals, Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford asks our four actors four questions… …

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My Arms Writer James Leach’s Top 5 Writers 06/02/2013

Who is a Writer’s Favourite Writer? In the final week of its Northern Tour, Box of Tricks Assistant Producer…

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Dress Photos from the MY ARMS Tour… 01/02/2013

(c) Dion Leaver Milton Rooms, Malton 1st February 2013 www.themiltonrooms.com The Continental, Preston 7th February 2013 www.newcontinental.net Lantern…

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Raising the Standard for Fringe 28/01/2013

Raising the Standard for Fringe in Manchester, says Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford The My Arms Northern Tour kicked off last…

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My Arms: From the rehearsal room 24/01/2013

Charlotte Mountford, Assistant Producer, escapes the office and into ‘My Arms’ When your head is buried in budgets…

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My Arms – Rehearsal Diary Video 20/01/2013

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My Arms by James Leach – Northern Tour Press Shots 14/01/2013

Check out our great press shots of actors Josh Moran and Susan Twist. Photographs (c) Dion Leaver  …

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Merry Christmas from Box of Tricks! 24/12/2012

Merry Christmas from Box of Tricks! Thanks for all your suppoort this year! Have a cracking Christmas and…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Quizmas… 04/12/2012

Christmas has come early, for we’ve got some festive treats in store this Thursday… The Quizmas Quizmaster, funny…

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Box of Tricks’ Winter Newsletter 30/11/2012

Warm festive-filled greetings! Or should we say “Merry Quizmas”? We hope the mulled wine is brewing and you’re all…

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