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.

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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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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