“A launchpad for top quality new talent”

British Theatre Guide

The new play makers...

New plays are the lifeblood of theatre and playwrights its beating heart.

Box of Tricks champions the next generation of playwrights. We commission new plays from the most exciting voices around and nurture emerging talent. Since 2006, we have worked with over 30 playwrights, staging critically-acclaimed new plays across the UK and exposing ambitious new writing to the widest possible audience.

We run two Playwright programmes: New Tricks, which commissions and develops new plays from the next generation of playwrights, and PlayBox, which supports the development of North West and Manchester playwrights.

“Box of Tricks know how to pick their writers” – What’s On Stage

Box of Tricks has a proud history of identifying and supporting new voices. We have worked with some of the most promising playwrights in the country, including Tom Morton-Smith (Oppenheimer with the Royal Shakespeare Company, transferring to the West End), Anna Jordan (YEN, Royal Exchange – Bruntwood Winner 2014), Elinor Cook (winner George Devine Award 2013 for Most Promising Playwright), Bea Roberts (winner of inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2014), Ella Carmen Greenhill (Theatre503 Five and former writer-on-attachment with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Paines Plough), Lizzie Nunnery (Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression), Ali Taylor (winner of Meyer Whitworth Award) and Becky Prestwich (BBC Writersroom 10).

Literary Submissions

We continue to search for emerging talent and forge new creative relationships with playwrights. If you’re a playwright who’d like to get in touch, please send an example of your writing – an extract or script – together with an up-to-date writing CV to

[Please be aware that we operate on a commissioning model, whereby we work closely with playwrights and develop ideas from scratch. We are therefore unlikely to produce unsolicited submissions from writers. Whilst we endeavour to reply to all literary submissions, we are a small team and replies can take up to three months.]

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