Supporting local playwrights
PlayBox is a year-long writer-on-attachment programme offering bespoke residencies to three early-career North West playwrights to write a new play with support from Box of Tricks.
Over the course of a year-long attachment, each playwright receives a seed commission to write a new play with dramaturgical support from the Box of Tricks team and workshop development with actors. Each attachment culminates in a public rehearsed reading.
PlayBox 2019 will be the third cycle of the initiative. Previous PlayBox writers have gone on to be shortlisted for national playwriting awards (David Judge – Alfred Fagon Bes New Play Award finalist 2015, 2017 and 2018; James Harker – 503Playwriting Award shortlist 2018) and have work produced at leading regional theatres (Lindsay Williams – Dreamers and Meat Pie, Sausage Roll at Oldham Coliseum).
“PlayBox helped me find my voice as a playwright”
David Judge, PlayBox 2014-15
Billie is a playwright and screenwriter from Merseyside. She spent three years on the Royal Exchange Theatre’s Young Writers’ Programme, as well as being a member of the Arts Council’s ‘The Writing Squad’, and the BFI Screenwriting Academy. Her first play, ‘Spiders’, was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize in 2015, staged to rave reviews in Cambridge (2017), before a run at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London (2018). She has written several other plays and short films, including ‘SKIN’, which was selected for online showcase by Channel 4’s Random Acts, and ‘BIG NIGHT’ which was showcased at the BFI Future Film Festival (2018). Billie is currently in her final year studying English at the University of Cambridge and is a member of the renowned Cambridge Footlights.
Kofi is a writer from Stockport. He originally did a BA Honours in Film and Television production at the University of Cumbria before an MA in screenwriting in Film, Radio and Television at Salford University. His style of writing comes from his experiences growing up in Stockport with Ghanaian parents. He originally wrote film and TV predominantly but joined a workshop group at the Royal Exchange Theatre which introduced him to playwriting. Since then, he has been honing his craft and writing stage plays. He writes plays about working class people, the people who mainstream media forget about or villainize.
Keisha Thompson is a Manchester based writer, performance artist and producer. She is currently touring award-winning solo show, Man on the Moon and debut book, Lunar, featuring 40 new poems in addition to the script for Man on the Moon. She is also the Young People’s Producer at Contact, a trustee for radical arts funding body, Future Ventures’ Fund, is a member of Greater Manchester Cultural and Heritage Group and is on the Leaders of Tomorrow scheme led by ITC and RTYDS. She has supported artists such as Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, The Last Poets, Saul Williams, Amiri Baraka and has performed in Brave New Voices festivals 2008 & 2009.
Garrick Charitable Trust & Fidelio Charitable Trust
Furquan Akhtar – 30 DAYS
Patrick Hughes – MÖBEL
James Harker – LAND’S END
PlayBox Takeover 2018
A creative day of new plays and conversations
Saturday 20 January 2018
Box of Tricks launches a day-long takeover of HOME’s PUSH Festival 2018 to showcase new plays from our current PlayBox playwrights and connect with local writers and theatremakers.
Fidelio Charitable Trust & Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation
PlayBox Playwrights 2014-15
David Judge – SKIPPING ROPE
James Leach – POCKETS
Lindsay Williams – DUST