“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.
Finalist for Alfred Fagon Award Best New Play 2017
New Tricks development supported by Unity Theatre Liverpool through their Out of Space: Play Space programme.
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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
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