About Us

About Us

“A theatre company to watch”

The Stage

The Play Makers

Box of Tricks makes plays. We champion playwrights and empower them to tell the stories they want to tell. Together, we go on a journey to uncover new plays that reflect the world in which we live today. We create heartfelt theatre that resonates, inspires and entertains.

New plays are the lifeblood of theatre and playwrights its beating heart. Box of Tricks nurtures the next generation through our year-long PlayBox attachments for early-career playwrights. We commission, develop and produce bold new theatre from the most exciting voices through our New Tricks commissioning programme.

Box of Tricks brings people together to share stories collectively. Based in Manchester, we engage audiences far and wide. We stage productions in theatres right across the UK and in public spaces – pubs, libraries, village halls – in the heart of local communities.

Our engagement programme goes beyond productions. We provide pathways into the arts, connect with communities, inspire younger generations and develop future talent.

We are the play makers. Every story told. Every voice heard.


Board: David Bryan (Chair), Caz Brader, Chris Honer, Rhiannon McKay-Smith and John Quayle.

The Team


Adam Quayle

Joint Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Adam trained as a director at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. For Box of Tricks, he has directed Chip Shop Chips (National Tour 2018 and Northern Tour 2016); Plastic Figurines (New Diorama 2016 and National Tour 2015); Word:Play/NWxSW (Regional Tour 2013); Picture a City (Everyword 2012, Liverpool Playhouse); My Arms (24:7 Theatre Festival, re:play and Northern Tour); London Tales (Waterloo East and Nu:Write Festival, Zagreb); Head/Heart (national tour); Word:Play 4 (Arcola); True Love Waits (Latitude, Pulse, Nu:Write Festivals); Word:Play 3 (Theatre 503); Letting in Air (Old Red Lion Theatre); Word:Play 2 (Theatre 503); Word:Play (Union Theatre); A Hole in the Fence, Streetlights and Shadows (Time Out Critics’ Choice: Show of the Week) and Beyond Omarska (White Bear). Previous directing credits also include Earthquakes in London (ALRA North); JB Shorts 8 (Joshua Brooks); Anything of Worth (Pleasance & Bridewell); Homeland (Theatre 503); Underground Resistance (Hen & Chickens); and Among Unbroken Hearts (Cockpit). His assistant director credits include Translations (Best Production, MEN Awards 2003) and The Ghosts of Scrooge for Roger Haines at the Library Theatre, Manchester. Adam was a finalist for Channel 4 Theatre Directors’ Scheme, 2007-08, and Old Vic New Voices’ 24 Hour Plays 2008. He is a drama facilitator and a member of the Young Vic Genesis Directors’ Project.

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Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder

Joint Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Hannah trained as a director at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and is Joint Artistic Director of Box of Tricks. Directing credits for Box of Tricks include: Narvik (National Tour 2017 and Liverpool Playhouse Studio 2015); In Doggerland (National Tour 2013); Word:Play/NWxSW (Regional Tour 2013); Picture a City (Everyword 2012, Liverpool Playhouse); London Tales (Waterloo East and Nu:Write Festival, Zagreb); Head/Heart (national tour); Word:Play 4 (Arcola); True Love Waits (Latitude, Pulse, Nu:Write Festivals); Word:Play 3 (Theatre 503); Whispering Happiness (Tristan Bates);  Captain of the School Football Team (Hotbed and Latitude festivals ’09); Word:Play 2 (Theatre 503); Word:Play (Union Theatre); A Hole in the Fence and Rural (White Bear). Other directing includes: Uprising (Monkeywood at The Lowry); JB Shorts 11 (Joshua Brooks); Narvik (Everyword 2013); 100 Seel St (The Alligator Club, Liverpool); JB Shorts 7 (Joshua Brooks). She is a freelance workshop leader for The Actor’s Guild and The Actors’ Lab, a script reader for The Royal Exchange, 24:7 Theatre Festival and the Bruntwood Playwriting Prize and co-founder of Direct North, a network for emerging theatremakers in the North West.

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Max Emmerson

Associate Producer

Max trained as an Arts Manager at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). He has worked as Assistant Producer for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, Bill Kenwright Productions in the West End and for Sell A Door Theatre Company in London. Since 2012, Max has been producing new writing, musicals and dance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and internationally.

Producing credits include: The Tempest (Royal Exchange Theatre), The Bruntwood Prize Ceremony 2017, The People Are Singing (Royal Exchange Theatre), Adam & Eve & Steve (Kings Head Theatre, London 2017 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016), Shout! The Mod Musical (Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre 2016 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015/16), Shake It Up Baby (Unity Theatre, Liverpool 2016) and Dirt, Roses, Animals & God (Norwegian Tour 2015). Max was the first recipient of the Anthony Field Producer Prize at LIPA and successfully completed the Stage One Producers apprenticeship scheme.

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Al Lockhart-Morley

Audience & Marketing Associate

Al is a freelance consultant specialising in marketing and audience development in the cultural sector. After studying Drama at Hull University and for a Master’s degree in Scriptwriting (De Montfort), he worked in a number of sales and marketing roles; for the Arts Marketing Association, venues such as Cambridge Corn Exchange and West End producer, Bill Kenwright, where he was responsible for the marketing campaigns for high profile shows such as Blood Brothers, Jekyll & Hyde starring Marti Pellow and The Country Girl starring Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove. Most recently, Al was a long-standing member of Cambridge Arts Theatre senior management team until 2018, with responsibility as Commercial & Operations Director for all income-generating activity. He has since relocated to Manchester and works with various clients such as Box of Tricks, Theatre Royal Windsor and Chester Mystery Plays across marketing campaign planning, audience development and project management.

When he’s not busy marketing shows, Al is also a writer, having written the annual pantomime for Cambridge Arts Theatre since 2014. He was a finalist for the Red Planet Pictures Prize (run by Red Planet/Kudos Television) and his debut full length play, ‘The Top Table’, was long-listed for the 2014 Theatre503 Playwriting Award.


Chris James

Associate Artist

Chris trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Box of Tricks sound designs include: Plastic Figurines, In Doggerland, My Arms, Whispering Happiness, WordPlay and WordPlay2, A Hole In The Fence, Rural and Beyond Omarska. Other sound work; Associate Sound Designer for ‘Democracy’ (Old Vic Theatre),‘School for Scandal’ (Bath Theatre Royal), ‘The Bargain’ (National Tour). He has worked extensively across the UK as sound operator. Productions include; King and I (Leicester Curve & UK Tour), Blood Brothers (UK Tour), Cabaret (UK Tour), As You Like It (Leicester Curve), Simply Cinderella (Leicester Curve), and Eurobeat (West End). Chris has been working at Royal Opera House Muscat in the Sound & Broadcast Department since 2012.

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Katie Scott

Associate Artist

Katie is an award-winning theatre designer based in the North-West. Upon graduating from LIPA, she was the inaugural winner of the Liverpool Playhouse Studio Prize For Theatre Design. She has since worked extensively designing for various forms of theatre and was recently shortlisted to be a member of the Old Vic 12.

Katie’s credits include: Narvik (Box of Tricks  – National Studio Tour); Plastic Figurines (Box of Tricks – National Studio Tour); Chip Shop Chips (Box of Tricks – National Tour); Held (Liverpool Playhouse Studio – winner of Liverpool Daily Post Arts Award for Best Design 2012); We Are The Multitude (24:7 Festival – MTA nominee Best Fringe Show); Gargantua (NT Connections – Lowry Young Company); The Ballad of Rudy (Goblin Theatre – Royal Exchange Studio); Bluestockings (ALRA north); The Grid (Young Everyman Playhouse Company – Liverpool Everyman); Clybourne Park (Said & Done Theatre Company – Unity Theatre Liverpool).

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Chris Hope

Associate Artist

Chris Hope is a teacher, poet and musician living, working and performing in Bristol. In July 2016, Chris completed a ten-year retrospective of ambient music written for Box of Tricks. He has also recently finished two PROJECT albums: Evening (a classical album) and The Lighthouse, which can be found at his website thechrishopeproject.com.

Chris enjoys writing music for theatre and short film and has recently finished a Master’s Degree at Birmingham University. He has collaborated with Box of Tricks since 2005, having written music for Among Unbroken Hearts, Frank Pig Says Hello, Streetlights and Shadows, In Doggerland and Plastic Figurines: all of which have been hugely enjoyable and creatively inspiring projects. Chris is also a collaborator with ‘sample & afrobeat’ group, SIFI.

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Richard Owen

Associate Artist

Richard Owen is a Lighting Designer whose most recent credits include: FlexN Iceland for Manchester International Festival and Reykjavik Arts Festival, Country Wife for Manchester Met University, Narvik for Box of Tricks, Edmund The Learned Pig for Fitting Multimedia (EIF and National Tour), FlexN for Manchester International Festival, Plastic Figurines for Box of Tricks at Liverpool Playhouse, Rolling Stone for Royal Exchange Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Manpower for 2Destination Language and Tree for Daniel Kitson at The Old Vic, London.

Past designs include, for Royal Exchange Theatre: Hunger For Trade, A Thousand Slimy Things, The Gatekeeper, Winterlong (also at Soho Theatre), Zack, Powdermonkey, Salt, The Palace of the End (also at Galway Festival and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Dr Korzack’s Example (also at Arcola Theatre), Jonah and Otto, The Flags, Monster, Mojo Mickeyboo, The Flag (studio also at Dublin Festival), Christmas is Miles Away (also at Bush Theatre), Come Blow Your Horn, Mayhem, Dogboy, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Happiest Days of My Life, Rafts and Dreams, Across Oka, Moonshed, Dead Wait, On My Birthday and Quids and Dimps. For Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Brassed Off, Bouncers, Educating Rita, Bedevilled and The Little Mermaid. For Fitting Multimedia The Buddy Bolden Experince and Flesh ‘n’ Steel, The Last Freakshow and Edmund The Learned Pig, For Weeding Cane Theatre Company, Weeding Cane , For Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company, In The Shadow Of Trees and Veil, For Royal National Theatre Brassed Off, For Plymouth Theatre Royal, Educating Rita and MIF13 Delphic in concert.