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SparkPlug

A new play by David Judge

13 February – 13 April 2019

“He’s got two Dads, my lad. One’s black. That makes him black. I suppose.”

Manchester, 1983. Dave loves Rod Stewart, Joanne and his Ford Capri. He’s all set for a new start. Only Joanne’s about to have someone else’s baby. Is Dave ready to become a Dad even though he’s not the father?

A punchy and poetic exploration of family, race, identity and love, SparkPlug is the story of a white man who becomes the adoptive father, mother and best friend of a mixed-race child, David.

Inspired by autobiographical events and exploring the playwright’s background as an actor and spoken word artist, SparkPlug is a lyrical and energetic monologue that examines what family means in today’s society.

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Finalist for Alfred Fagon Award Best New Play 2017

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New Tricks development supported by Unity Theatre Liverpool through their Out of Space: Play Space programme.

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Cast Members:


Creative Team:


Director: Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder Designer: Katie Scott
Associate Producer: Max Emmerson TSM: Adam Steed
Production Manager: Liam M Whittaker Sound: Chris James
Lighting: Richard Owen Assistant Director: Hannah Calascione
Press: Holly Croft | Chloé Nelkin Consulting

Show Calendar

HOME, Manchester 13 February — 23 February 2019
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Unity Theatre, Liverpool 26 February — 2 March
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Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury 7 — 8 March
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Irving Studio, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham 9 March
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Harrogate Studio Theatre 11 — 12 March
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Live Theatre, Newcastle 14  — 16 March
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York Theatre Royal 19 — 20 March
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Hull Truck Theatre 21 — 22 March
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Theatr Clwyd 26 — 27 March / Mawrth
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Crewe Lyceum Studio 28 March
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Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant 29 March
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Lighthouse, Poole 30 March
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Marlowe Studio, Canterbury 1 April
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The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead 2 April
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The North Wall, Oxford 3 April
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Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax 4 April
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The Met, Bury 5 — 6 April
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Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 8 — 9 April
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Birmingham Repertory Theatre 10 — 13 April 2019
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