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Screen/Play Award: Finding the light 04/11/2020

The world is a scary place right now. A maelstrom of anxiety and fear. Every day throws something…

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Interval Thoughts: Going Dark (again) 03/11/2020

The world is moving so fast. Just over a week ago, under the banner of Take Back Manchester, we…

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Top Tips for TV Pitching: David Judge 27/10/2020

As we get nearer to the closing date for our Screen/Play Award in partnership with Sky Studios, we…

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Top Tips for TV Pitching: Ella Carmen Greenhill

If you’re thinking about entering Box of Tricks’ Screen/Play Award, but don’t know the first thing about pitching…

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Take Back Manchester 23/10/2020

Manchester companies Box of Tricks and Take Back are joining forces for the first time to create an online collaboration of short creative responses from our community.

Interval Thoughts: Don’t Panic! 15/10/2020

If there’s one over-used phrase that we’d happily consign to the dustbin of history this year, it’s “Shakespeare…

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Interval thoughts: The Show Must Go On 10/09/2020

In the blink of an eye, it’s already September. Autumn is around the corner; the schools are back…

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Interval thoughts: Podcast with Box of Tricks 21/07/2020

Listen to Joint Artistic Directors, Adam Quayle and Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder talk to Sam Brady and Ginni Manning from…

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Interval thoughts: Welcome to PlayMakers 29/05/2020

“New plays are the lifeblood of theatre and playwrights its beating heart.” Last week, Box of Tricks launched…

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Interval thoughts: Towards a new future 14/05/2020

“Box of Tricks brings people together to share stories collectively.” Two months ago, we packed up our set…

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Kathy in Lockdown 07/05/2020

In these uncertain times even Kathy, Landlady of The Four Horsemen in Alison Carr’s brilliant play The Last…

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Updated Statement on the Coronavirus emergency and our tour of The Last Quiz Night on Earth 18/03/2020

Wednesday 18th March 2020 Due to the developing outbreak of the Coronavirus, and in line with Government advice,…

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A Starter For Ten With… Meriel Scholfield 11/03/2020

What would your drink of choice be to see in the end of the world (and why)? Drink…

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A Starter For Ten with… Shaban Dar 05/03/2020

What would your drink of choice be to see in the end of the world (and why)? My…

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A look back at PlayBox 2019-20 26/02/2020

As we say goodbye and good luck to our 2019-20 cohort of PlayBox playwrights – Billie Collins, Nana-Kofi…

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The Last Quiz Night on Earth: Early review round-up 19/02/2020

Following its triumphant sell-out premiere at The Welcome Inn, Salford last week here’s a first look at the…

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Dementia Friendly Performances: The Last Quiz Night on Earth 13/02/2020

Image: Meriel Scholfield (Kathy) and audience members at an Open Dress Rehearsal for local community groups at the…

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The Last Quiz Night on Earth: Q&A with Director, Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder 03/02/2020

With The Last Quiz Night on Earth out on the road and receiving rave reviews, Director (and Joint…

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Rehearsal Room Vlog: The Last Quiz Night on Earth 30/01/2020

Assistant Director Kitty Ball takes us on a journey into the world of Alison Carr’s new play, The…

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A Starter For Ten… with Max Emmerson 28/01/2020

What would your drink of choice be to see in the end of the world (and why)? Dark…

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The Last Quiz Night on Earth: Q&A with playwright Alison Carr 24/01/2020

Ahead of its world premiere performance at The Welcome Inn, Salford on 11 February 2020, we sat down…

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Cast announced for The Last Quiz Night on Earth 15/01/2020

We’re very excited to announce the cast for our forthcoming production of Alison Carr’s The Last Quiz Night…

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PlayBox Takeover 2020: Keisha Thompson 13/01/2020

‘The Bell Curves’ by Keisha Thompson In the last of our insights into the writing process, PlayBox playwright…

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PlayBox Takeover 2020: Meet the actors… 10/01/2020

New year, new plays! If your New Year’s resolution involves new theatre and new plays, kick-start 2020 as…

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PlayBox Takeover 2020: Nana-Kofi Kufuor 08/01/2020

‘My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored’ by Nana-Kofi Kufuor PlayBox playwright Nana-Kofi Kufuor reflects on the…

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Merry Christmas from the Tricksters! 🎅🎭🎄 19/12/2019

Here at Box of Tricks Towers, we’re winding down, clocking off and stepping into Christmas. As is customary…

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PlayBox Takeover 2020: Billie Collins 16/12/2019

Too Much World At Once – Billie Collins Following a workshop day at HOME in September, PlayBox playwright…

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Work with us! Box of Tricks is looking for a Production Manager… 18/11/2019

Box of Tricks is looking for an excellent and experienced freelance Production Manager for our eight-week tour of non-theatre…

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UNDER THREE MINUTES… with Darren Kuppan 15/10/2019

What years would you say were your formative years, and why? From 10-19. I was a shy boy…

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UNDER THREE MINUTES… with Kyle Rowe 10/10/2019

What years would you say were your formative years, and why? As defining as my three years at…

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Under Three Moons: Early Reviews Round-up 03/10/2019

Following a triumphant premiere at The Lowry, Salford last week here’s a first look at the reviews for…

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Under Three Moons Rehearsal Diary: Week Three 26/09/2019

Edge Hill University Creative Writing student, Clare Mason, is observing the rehearsal process for Under Three Moons as part of…

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Under Three Moons Rehearsal Room Diary: Week 2 19/09/2019

Edge Hill University Creative Writing student, Clare Mason, is observing the rehearsal process for Under Three Moons as…

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Babies In Theatre by Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder 16/09/2019

On Saturday we made our annual trip to Paines Plough’s Roundabout space for the fifth year in a…

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Under Three Moons Rehearsal Room Diary: Week 1 12/09/2019

Edge Hill University Creative Writing student, Clare Mason, is observing the rehearsal process for Under Three Moons as…

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Under Three Moons: Social Club Calendar 09/09/2019

Box of Tricks invites you to join us at our Under Three Moons Social Club, an informal post-show…

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Moonlighting Blog: Interview with Designer Katie Scott 04/09/2019

As rehearsals get underway for Box of Tricks’ new production, Under Three Moons, the play’s set designer Katie…

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Moonlighting Blog: Interview with Playwright Daniel Kanaber 27/08/2019

Ahead of its world premiere at The Lowry in September we sat down with playwright Daniel Kanaber to…

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Casting Announcement: Under Three Moons 15/07/2019

Box of Tricks is delighted to announce the full casting for the premiere of Daniel Kanaber’s (Shiver, Watford…

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Under Three Moons – Tour 2019 11/06/2019

Following the award-winning Narvik,  and Box of Tricks’ recent acclaimed productions of Plastic Figurines and SparkPlug, comes Under Three Moons,…

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Work with us! Box of Tricks is looking for an Audience & Marketing Associate… 06/06/2019

Freelance Role: Audience & Marketing Associate Box of Tricks is looking for a committed, passionate and visionary Audience…

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Cultivate 2019 Workshops 04/06/2019

Cultivate 2019 Cultivate is Oldham Coliseum’s annual week-long festival focused on theatre upskilling; an unmissable opportunity for anyone…

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🎙️ Manchester’s Big Theatre Podcast 22/05/2019

“Our agenda is to put the playwright at the heart of the process” Our Artistic Directors Adam and…

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Season Announcement: 2019-20 25/04/2019

Box of Tricks announces a season of urgent new plays exploring relationships and our place in the world. “Every…

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PlayBox 2019: Meet the PlayBoxers

As we launch our  2019-20 Season, we’re delighted to announce the PlayBox playwrights who join us this year… PlayBox is…

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SparkPlug: Early Reviews Round-Up 18/02/2019

Following Press Night at HOME Manchester last week, the early reviews for SparkPlug are in… “SparkPlug is a rare example…

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SparkPlug: Rehearsal Photos 13/02/2019

(c) Decoy Media SparkPlug opens at HOME Manchester from 13-23 February before touring nationally until 13 April 2019. Book…

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SparkBlog: Meet Associate Producer Max Emmerson 12/02/2019

Next up on the SparkBlog we have Associate Producer Max Emmerson… 1. What most excites you about SparkPlug?…

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SparkPlug Rehearsal Diary: Week 3

SparkPlug Rehearsal Diary: Week 3 by Assistant Director, Hannah Calascione This week had different chapters. The first was an…

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SparkBlog: Meet Sound Designer Chris James 08/02/2019

Next up on the SparkBlog we have Sound Designer Chris James… 1. What most excites you about SparkPlug?…

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SparkBlog: Meet Technical Stage Manager Adam Steed 06/02/2019

Next up on the SparkBlog we have Technical Stage Manager, Adam Steed… 1. What most excites you about…

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SparkPlug Rehearsal Diary: Week 2 05/02/2019

SparkPlug Rehearsal Diary: Week 2 by Assistant Director, Hannah Calascione This week has seen us through a number of different…

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SparkBlog: Meet Designer Katie Scott 04/02/2019

Next up on the SparkBlog we have Designer Katie Scott… 1. What most excites you about SparkPlug? I…

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SparkBlog: Meet Lighting Designer Richard Owen 30/01/2019

Next up on the SparkBlog we have Lighting Designer Richard Owen… 1. What most excites you about SparkPlug?…

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SparkPlug Rehearsal Diary: Week 1 29/01/2019

SparkPlug Rehearsal Diary: Week 1 by Assistant Director, Hannah Calascione We’ve had an unusual first week for a few…

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SparkBlog: Meet Assistant Director Hannah Calascione 28/01/2019

1. What most excites you about SparkPlug? Michael Jackson, poetry, and cars! And hearing a performer/writer speak honestly…

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SparkBlog: Meet Production Manager Liam Whittaker 25/01/2019

Next up on the SparkBlog we have Production Manager Liam Whittaker… 1. What most excites you about SparkPlug?…

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SparkBlog: Meet Director Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder 23/01/2019

Next up on the SparkBlog we have Director Hannah Tyrell-Pinder… 1. What most excites you about SparkPlug? Taking…

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SparkBlog: Meet playwright and performer David Judge 21/01/2019

Throughout rehearsals we’re introducing the Creative Team behind SparkPlug through our SparkBlog. First up, we have playwright and performer David…

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SparkPlug: Unmissable Theatre in 2019! 10/01/2019

Happy New Year! This week, as 2019 properly got underway, things stepped up at Box of Tricks HQ…

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A Festive Missive from the Tricksters! 🎅🎭🎄 19/12/2018

Merry Christmas one and all! We’re very excited here at Box of Tricks Towers. Another year nearly over…

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Intelligent Design Workshop: Big Ideas for Small Vans 18/12/2018

Saturday 26 January 2019, 1pm-3pm | HOME, Manchester Part of Push Festival 2019 Join us for a workshop…

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Cast Announcement: SparkPlug Tour 28/11/2018

Ahead of our national tour of SparkPlug next Spring, Box of Tricks is excited to share that playwright David Judge will…

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JMK Workshop: Working with Writers 24/10/2018

HOME, Manchester | Thursday 15 November, 6-8pm A workshop for directors in association with JMK. Learn about how to…

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Associate Producer: A Fond Farewell and a Warm Welcome… 27/09/2018

At the end of April, we bid a fond farewell to Associate Producer Amy Fisher. Joining us through…

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Journeys Festival International 2018 25/09/2018

RAQQA – Work-in-progress Sharing A new play with songs by Lizzie Nunnery John Thaw Studio, Manchester | Thursday…

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Work with us! Box of Tricks is looking for an Associate Producer… 05/07/2018

Associate Producer Box of Tricks is looking for an enthusiastic, passionate and dynamic Associate Producer to work closely…

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“Is it theatre?” Writing Workshop 09/05/2018

IS IT THEATRE? A Box of Tricks Workshop led by writer Becky Prestwich Stockport Festival of New Writing Thursday…

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Chipping In: The Story So Far… 05/04/2018

Thank you so much to everyone who has chipped in so far! With your help, we’ve raised over…

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Batter Chatter: Production Manager Richard Owen 28/03/2018

1.Tell us about your role I’m the Production Manager on the production; my role is to look after…

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Batter Chatter: Actor Josh Moran 21/03/2018

1. Tell us about your role Eric is in charge of the grand reopening of a chip shop…

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CHIP SHOP CHIPS is selling out! 15/03/2018

“What makes Chip Shop Chips work so well is the fusion between all the different strands, between performers…

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Batter Chatter: Actor Julie Edwards 06/03/2018

1. Tell us about your role I play the part of Christine- a recently widowed lady who visits…

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CHIP SHOP CHIPS 2018 – Dress Photos 01/03/2018

(c) Decoy Media Touring across the UK until 21 April 2018. Book now: http://boxoftrickstheatre.co.uk/production/chip-shop-chips-2018

Batter Chatter: Artistic Director Adam Quayle 27/02/2018

Tell us about your role   I’m one of the Artistic Directors of Box of Tricks and I’m…

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Batter Chatter – Actor Mark Newsome 22/02/2018

  Tell us about your role-  I play Lee Jamieson… a shy, hapless, eager to please 18 year…

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Batter Chatter – Actor Jessica Forrest 14/02/2018

1.Tell us about your role- Oh the lovely Jasmine! I’ve missed her. Jasmine is your typical moody teenager she loves her I phone and…

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Batter Chatter – Designer Katie Scott 07/02/2018

1. Tell us about your role? My name is Katie and I am the Designer for Chip Shop…

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Naomi Sumner Chan: Making a Step Change 17/01/2018

Hello, I’m Naomi Sumner Chan a Manchester based playwright, poet and theatre maker. Throughout 2017, Adam and Hannah…

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PlayBox Takeover: Meet the actors… 09/01/2018

New year, new plays! We’re starting 2018 as we mean to go on: putting playwrights and new plays…

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Cast announced for CHIP SHOP CHIPS, the second serving… 30/11/2017

After our sold-out tour of CHIP SHOP CHIPS last year, we’re delighted to introduce you to our new…

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Chipping In is good for the soul 29/11/2017

A couple of weeks ago, we launched our Chip In: Crowdfunding Campaign for Chip Shop Chips. It’s the…

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PlayBox: How to assemble a play 02/11/2017

Following a workshop day at HOME in September, PlayBox playwright Patrick Hughes reflects on the development of his…

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PlayBox: A day at HOME… 01/11/2017

Following a workshop day at HOME in September, PlayBox playwright James Harker reflects on the development of his…

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PlayBox: Adventures in theatre 31/10/2017

Following a workshop day at HOME last month, PlayBox playwright Furquan Akhtar reflects on the development of his…

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NARVIK wins Best New Play at UK Theatre Awards 2017! 17/10/2017

We’re delighted to announce that Lizzie Nunnery won Best New Play for NARVIK at the UK Theatre Awards…

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NIGHTS by Daniel Kanaber – Work-in-progress Sharing 29/09/2017

NIGHTS by Daniel Kanaber Oldham Coliseum Studio | Thursday 12 October 7:30pm NIGHTS is an exploration of male…

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New Tricks Rehearsed Reading- Nights by Daniel Kanaber 20/06/2017

Casting Announcement:  This week we are thrilled to be working with Jamie Samuel and Tom Varey on the…

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New Tricks: Close to home 04/05/2017

To say I’m my father’s first born son would be a lie. He has no sons born. None…

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Narvik Snapshots 11/04/2017

In the wake of our hugely successful run of Narvik, we’ve been reminiscing over a happy two months…

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Rave Reviews for Narvik 02/03/2017

★★★★ The Observer | ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ The i Paper | ★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★★ The Stage “Narvik is…

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NARVIK: Playwright’s Perspective Video 08/02/2017

NARVIK: Early reviews are in… 03/02/2017

“Sailors and sound effects are a perfect match in a wartime tale. Lizzie Nunnery’s play with music captures…

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Cast Away Blog: Actor Joe Shipman 26/01/2017

1) If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? I think morale would…

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Cast Away Blog: Actor Lucas Smith 25/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? Out of the…

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Cast Away Blog: Actor Nina Yndis 24/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? Going Home –…

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NARVIK Rehearsal Photos 23/01/2017

Rehearsal photos at Unity Theatre‘s Play Space. Production supported by Unity Theatre‘s Out of Space: Play Space project. (c)…

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Cast Away Blog: Musician Joe Hirons 20/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? The Ship Song…

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Cast Away Blog: Playwright Lizzie Nunnery 19/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? Right now I’d take…

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Horror on the arctic seas: Lizzie Nunnery on her play about the liberation of Narvik

Published on Monday 16th January 2017. Read the Guardian G2 Feature here: bit.ly/NarvikG2.

Cast Away Blog: Movement Director Elinor Randle 18/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? Queen- Don’t Stop…

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Cast Away Blog: Associate Producer Amy Fisher 17/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? The Bee Gee’s….

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Cast Away Blog: Musician Maz O’Connor 13/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose?  A Case of…

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Cast Away Blog: Director Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder 12/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? It’s All Over…

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Cast Away Blog: Composer/Musician Vidar Norheim 11/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? ‘Shipbuilding’ by Elvis…

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Cast Away Blog: Designer Katie Scott 10/01/2017

1. If you were lost at sea with only one song, what would you choose? Ralph Vaughn Willams…

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PlayBox 2017: Meet the PlayBoxers… 04/01/2017

Happy New Year! New year, new plays… As we launch into 2017 all guns blazing, we’re delighted to…

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Merry Christmas from the Tricksters! 22/12/2016

It’s fair to say 2016 has been a pretty dramatic year. Not least here at Box of Tricks…

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NARVIK sets sail in the new year… 07/12/2016

As our tenth anniversary celebrations roll on, we embark on an eight-week national tour of our critically-acclaimed production of…

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Moving to Manchester was the best decision we ever made 31/10/2016

[This article originally appeared in The Stage on 13 October 2016.] This year, Box of Tricks celebrates a…

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Tea Break Blog- Jamie Samuel: Actor 21/10/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I play Mikey in ‘Plastic Figurines’. Mikey is on the…

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Tea Break Blog – Richard Owen: Lighting Designer 19/10/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I’m the lighting designer for the production. My role is…

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Tea Break Blog – Ella Carmen Greenhill: Playwright 17/10/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I’m the writer. I’ve worked closely with Adam from the…

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Plastic Figurines: Relaxed Performance 14/10/2016

Relaxed Performance Saturday 22nd October 2016, 3:30pm Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit…

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Tea Break Blog – Chris Hope: Composer

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I am the composer for the play; which has involved…

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Tea Break Blog- Adam Quayle: Director 11/10/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines I’m directing Plastic Figurines. As an Artistic Director of Box…

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Rave Reviews for Plastic Figurines 04/10/2016

Nominated for two Offies: Best Male & Best Supporting Female “This short, sweet, painful play by Ella Carmen…

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“Highly praised” PLASTIC FIGURINES is recommended by the Critics… 28/09/2016

Guardian Guide: Five of the best theatre shows this week “The New Diorama may not be as familiar…

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Writing for Two 23/09/2016

Playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill talks about her experiences of being a writer and a new mum… As I…

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Tea Break Blog- Amy Fisher: Associate Producer 21/09/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I’m the Associate Producer with Box of Tricks, which means…

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Tea Break Blog- Vanessa Schofield: Actor 20/09/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I will be playing the role of Rose in Plastic…

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Check out the Plastic Figurines rehearsal photos… 16/09/2016

(c) Lucas Smith After a hugely successful national tour in 2015, Plastic Figurines by Ella Carmen Greenhill returns…

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Tea Break Blog- Chris James: Sound Designer 15/09/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? I am the sound designer. I work with the composer…

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Tea Break Blog- Katie Scott: Designer 13/09/2016

Tell us about your role in Plastic Figurines? As the designer for Plastic Figurines, my role is to…

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Rehearsals begin: Week one PLASTIC FIGURINES 09/09/2016

One week down and the rehearsals for Plastic Figurines are swiftly under way. It’s safe to say that…

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Cast announced for PLASTIC FIGURINES London transfer 07/09/2016

This week we went back into the rehearsal room with the beautiful Plastic Figurines ahead of its 4-week run…

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Box of Tricks WLTM a Roommate 11/08/2016

Box of Tricks is looking for expressions of interest from freelancers and small companies who may be interested…

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10th Anniversary Season 2016-17 18/07/2016

This year, Box of Tricks turns ten. To celebrate a decade of new play making, we’re bringing back…

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Top 10 of new plays as #TricksTurns10… 09/06/2016

This year, Box of Tricks celebrates a decade of new play making. Joint Artistic Director Adam Quayle reflects…

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10th Birthday Party 18/05/2016

The Eagle Inn, Salford Thursday 16 June 2016, 7pm This year, Box of Tricks turns ten. We’re throwing…

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Q&A with Chip Shop Chips Playwright Becky Prestwich 17/03/2016

As we enter the final week of touring the sold out production of Chip Shop Chips, we ask playwright…

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Chip Shop Chips Tour nearly completely SOLD OUT! 03/03/2016

Chip Shop Chips has been Box of Tricks’ fastest selling show to date, playing to packed houses wherever…

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Chip Shop Chips: Reviews Round-up 20/02/2016

“Genuinely heartbreaking… Chip Shop Chips is an all-round feel-good immersive production, performed in spaces you might never visit…

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Chip Off the Old Blog: Director Adam Quayle 18/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role I’m one of the Artistic Directors of Box of Tricks…

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Chip Off the Old Blog: Actor Jessica Forrest 17/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role I’m playing the role of Jasmine. She comes across…

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Chip Off the Old Blog: Actor Ben-Ryan Davies 16/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role On the face of it Lee is a friendly,…

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Chip Off the Old Blog: Playwright Becky Prestwich 11/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role I’m the writer, so really I think now that…

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Chip Off the Old Blog- Actor Russell Richardson 10/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role Eric, my character, is a down-to-earth northern man returning…

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Chip Off the Old Blog- Designer Katie Scott 05/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role My name is Katie, I am the designer for…

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Chip Off the Old Blog- Actor Julie Edwards 03/02/2016

1. Tell us a little bit about your role Christine is a lady who has lost her husband,…

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CHIP SHOP CHIPS: First day of rehearsals! 31/01/2016

Rehearsals start for our Northern Tour of Chip Shop Chips… Touring the North from 17 February to 23 March…

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Cast announced for CHIP SHOP CHIPS! 07/01/2016

  As we dive head-first into 2016, we’re delighted to announce the cast and creative team for our…

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NARVIK: Reviews round-up 15/09/2015

“Lizzie Nunnery’s thrillingly enigmatic memory play… Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder’s production for Box of Tricks has a chilled, hallucinatory quality……

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NARVIK Launch: Interview with director Hannah 08/09/2015

Ahead of NARVIK launching at the Playhouse Studio tonight, have a read of an interview with Joint Artistic…

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Port of Call – Playwright Lizzie Nunnery 04/09/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role  I’m the playwright and also a musician. I’ve written…

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Port of Call – Director Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder 02/09/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I’m the director of Narvik and have been involved…

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Port of Call – Designer Maeve Black 31/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I am the set and costume designer, and along…

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Port of Call – Lighting Designer Richard Owen 28/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I’m the lighting designer for the production. With Hannah,…

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Port of Call – Musician/Composer Martin Heslop 26/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I am one of the three musicians who are…

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Port of Call – Musician/Composer Vidar Norheim 24/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I’m a musician in the play and co-composer of…

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Port of Call – Actor Lucas Smith 21/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role Kenny is a quick-witted, intuitive and secretly sensitive London…

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Port of Call – Actor Nina Yndis 19/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role? Else is a history teacher from Oslo who lives…

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Port of Call – Actor Joe Shipman 17/08/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/role I play Jim Callaghan whose memories of his experiences…

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Maeve Black: LIPA Design Prize winner on NARVIK 14/08/2015

I’m Maeve and I am a very recent graduate from the Theatre and Performance Design course at LIPA….

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Sea Shanties: Vidar Norheim on NARVIK 05/08/2015

I first worked on Narvik for Everyman Playhouse’s festival Everyword in 2013. It was a ten minute version…

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All Aboard: Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder on NARVIK 24/07/2015

Box of Tricks’ next project –Narvik – is the second production to come out of our New Tricks…

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Work Experience: My week with Box of Tricks 17/07/2015

My name’s Hannah Norbury and I’m a 17-year-old student from Manchester. I have just finished a week of…

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Setting Sail: Lizzie Nunnery on NARVIK 16/07/2015

Working on Narvik has been a great collaborative process so far and I’m really grateful to Box of…

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Cast announced for NARVIK! 10/07/2015

We’re pleased to announce the cast for our next production, new play with songs NARVIK by Lizzie Nunnery, at…

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Introducing our Foot in the Door placement, Paul Holliday 25/06/2015

  Over the past few weeks, we’ve had the pleasure of working with writer/performer Paul Holliday during his…

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Tea Break Blog- Amy Fisher: Producer 14/05/2015

  Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? I am the producer on plastic figurines. This…

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Final week of PLASTIC FIGURINES 11/05/2015

“Ella Carmen Greenhill’s much admired Plastic Figurines is at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold.” Lyn Gardner, Top Tickets,…

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Tea Break Blog- Chris Hope: Composer 07/05/2015

    Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? I am composing music for the play –…

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Tea Break Blog- Ella Carmen Greenhill: Playwright 06/05/2015

Tell us a little bit about your role? I’m the writer. It was great to finally get into…

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Manchester Theatre: Reasons to be cheerful 30/04/2015

   Joint Artistic Director Adam Quayle reflects on Manchester’s thriving theatre scene. [Originally written for the Lowry Blog…

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Plastic Figurines: Press Round-up 21/04/2015

After our first two weeks out on tour with Plastic Figurines, in Liverpool and London, it’s fair to say…

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Plastic Figurines: Early reviews… 10/04/2015

This week, we opened our Plastic Figurines tour at the brilliant Liverpool Playhouse Studio to a fantastic response from sold out…

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Q&A with Director Adam Quayle 08/04/2015

What is the play about? Plastic Figurines is a new play about a sister and her autistic brother…

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Tea Break Blog- Adam Quayle: Director 03/04/2015

Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? I’m one of the Artistic Directors of Box of…

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Tea Break- Chris James: Sound Designer 02/04/2015

Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? I am the sound designer. It is my job…

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Tea Break- Katie Scott: Designer 01/04/2015

Tell us a little bit about your character/ role?  My name is Katie, I am the designer for…

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Tea Break- Remmie Milner: Actor 31/03/2015

1. Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? Rose, is Michael’s older sister and has just…

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Tea Break- Jamie Samuel: Actor 30/03/2015

  Tell us a little bit about your character/ role? I’m playing Michael. He is Rose’s younger brother….

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Introducing Plastic Figurines… 12/03/2015

Check out the trailer for our national tour of Plastic Figurines throughout April and May. We are thrilled to…

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Season Launch 2015-16 03/03/2015

Following organisational development last year, Box of Tricks is renewed, revamped, relaunched and raring to go! We hope you like our new look and feel.

Happy New Year from Box of Tricks! 29/12/2014

SEASONS GREETINGS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT BOX OF TRICKS!!! New Year, new…

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BBC Performing Arts Fellowship: Amy Fisher 10/12/2014

We’re hugely excited to announce that emerging producer Amy Fisher will be joining Box of Tricks next year…

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New Tricks: Getting chippy… 19/11/2014

As the year draws to a close, we hear from playwright Becky Prestwich about her experiences developing her…

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New Tricks: A Nordic adventure… 02/09/2014

As Box of Tricks’ organisational development continues, our NEW TRICKS initiative develops new plays from North West playwrights…

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Adventures on the Fringe 07/08/2014

It cannot have escaped your attention that there’s a little bit of theatre happening in Edinburgh at the…

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New Tricks: It started with a word… 25/07/2014

We realise it’s all been a bit quiet on the (North) Western front, as we approach the half-way…

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Box of Tricks hits the road: 3 days, 5 cities, 6 theatres 09/07/2014

As part of this year’s organisational development, Box of Tricks has been getting back to our vagabond roots:…

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Box of Tricks – BBC Performing Arts Fellowship 30/06/2014

BBC PERFORMING ARTS FELLOWSHIP CALLOUT Box of Tricks is seeking expressions of interest from individuals to become a…

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A heart to heart with… designer Rachel Wingate 27/11/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? I’m alright as I am,…

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Final week of IN DOGGERLAND… 25/11/2013

Final week of IN DOGGERLAND… ★★★★ “A touching and funny play” – What’s On Stage ★★★★ “Subtle, incisive…

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A heart to heart with… sound designer Chris James

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? I am very happy with…

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No rest for the wicked: IN DOGGERLAND on the road… 18/11/2013

We have a busy couple of weeks ahead on our In Doggerland tour. We’re off to Wigan, York, Preston and…

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IN DOGGERLAND tour opens to great reviews… 12/11/2013

“Manchester-based company Box of Tricks know how to pick their writers; Tom Morton-Smith’s script is both poetic and…

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IN DOGGERLAND Photos…

IN DOGGERLAND Dress Photos, a set on Flickr. (c) Devin Ainslie

Early reviews for IN DOGGERLAND are good… 09/11/2013

Benjamin Blyth and Jennifer Tan – (c) Devin Ainslie “Manchester-based company Box of Tricks know how to pick…

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#InDoggerland opens at the Lowry tonight! 07/11/2013

#InDoggerland opens at the Lowry tonight! The wait is over. Our touring production of new play In Doggerland by award-winning…

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In Doggerland tour kicks off at the Lowry this week! 05/11/2013

Watch our brand new Rehearsal Diary… Tour kicks off this week… After months of planning and weeks of…

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In Doggerland Rehearsal Diary

Watch the rehearsal diary for our tour of IN DOGGERLAND. Opening on Thursday at the Lowry before heading…

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A heart to heart with… actor Clive Moore 01/11/2013

  1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? My own from twenty…

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A heart to heart with… actor Benjamin Blyth 30/10/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? Working on the assumption that…

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In Doggerland Rehearsal Photos

See them all… IN DOGGERLAND Rehearsal Photos, a set on Flickr.

A heart to heart with… actress Natalie Grady 28/10/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? I would probably want my…

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A heart to heart with… actress Jennifer Tan 24/10/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? Like my character Marnie, I…

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A heart to heart with… playwright Tom Morton-Smith 22/10/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? There’s a quote I like…

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In Doggerland Trailer 21/10/2013

A heart to heart with… director Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder 17/10/2013

1. If you could have anyone’s heart, whose would it be and why? I think it would have to…

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Introducing… the Young Media Consultants! 16/10/2013

Hello! So after two busy weeks of scurrying around behind the scenes, we thought it only polite if…

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Meet the company of IN DOGGERLAND 15/10/2013

We’re incredibly excited to announce the brilliant cast for our upcoming tour of Tom Morton-Smith’s new play IN…

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Box of Tricks launches national tour of IN DOGGERLAND 12/09/2013

Manchester theatre company Box of Tricks is delighted to announce that throughout November it will be touring the…

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Dress Shots from THE OTHER TEAM 03/09/2013

Dress shots from our rehearsed reading of THE OTHER TEAM by Chris Hoyle at Manchester Pride.

Reahearsed Reading: THE OTHER TEAM at Manchester Pride 19/08/2013

Our SOLD OUT rehearsed reading of The Other Team – starring dream team cast John Henshaw, William Ash, Toby…

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The Other Team at Manchester Pride Fringe 30/07/2013

Box of Tricks in association with Manchester Pride presents a rehearsed reading of THE OTHER TEAM A new…

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Video of Counter Culture Club 19/06/2013

A video of Counter Culture Club at 2022nq on 18th May 2013. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

Counter Culture Club 14/05/2013

Counter Culture Club – Manchester’s Underground Arts Party – is this Saturday at 2022nq. Check out the awesome…

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Counter Culture Club Manchester 09/05/2013

Counter Culture Club Manchester’s Underground Arts Party Saturday 18th May, 2022nq, 7pm-late Smashing the fourth wall and bringing…

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Counter Culture Club is Coming 25/04/2013

#cccMcr is coming… www.countercultureclub.co.uk

Word:Play Reviews Round-up 19/03/2013

Word:Play – Reviews Round-up… We’re catching the Tour Bus on Thursday for our final leg of Word:Play/NWxSW. We’ve…

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Word:Play – Behind the Bike Shed 11/03/2013

Word:Play – Behind the Bike Shed… “These 15-minute plays are likely to be short, sharp and in some…

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Word:Play/NWxSW – Behind the Scenes II

Word:Play/NWxSW – Behind the Scenes II In the next instalment of Word:Play/NWxSW – Behind the Scenes, Assistant Producer…

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Word:Play/NWxSW – Behind the Scenes 07/03/2013

Word:Play/NWxSW – Behind the Scenes This week, Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford moves behind the scenes to interview the…

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Word:Play/NWxSW is Hitting the Road

Hitting the road… So Word:Play/NWxSW is go! We opened at the Octagon Theatre Bolton and are now on the…

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Check out the Word:Play dress photos… 05/03/2013

(c) Dion Leaver

Word:Play/NWxSW Publicity Shots… 26/02/2013

(c) Dion Leaver

Word:Play/NWxSW Trailer…

Meet the Word:Playwrights – Part III 22/02/2013

In our final instalment of meet the Word:Playwrights, Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford grills Natalie McGrath and Ella Greenhill…

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Meet the Word:Playwrights – Part II 21/02/2013

In our second instalment of our playwright interviews, Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford grills Bea Roberts and Luke Barnes…

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Meet the Word:Playwrights – Part I 18/02/2013

Already four days into rehearsals, our Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford asked two of our writers how they feel…

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Word:Play/NWxSW – Meet the Actors 13/02/2013

As we gear ourselves up for Word:Play/NWxSW rehearsals, Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford asks our four actors four questions… …

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My Arms Writer James Leach’s Top 5 Writers 06/02/2013

Who is a Writer’s Favourite Writer? In the final week of its Northern Tour, Box of Tricks Assistant Producer…

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Dress Photos from the MY ARMS Tour… 01/02/2013

(c) Dion Leaver Milton Rooms, Malton 1st February 2013 www.themiltonrooms.com The Continental, Preston 7th February 2013 www.newcontinental.net Lantern…

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Raising the Standard for Fringe 28/01/2013

Raising the Standard for Fringe in Manchester, says Assistant Producer Charlotte Mountford The My Arms Northern Tour kicked off last…

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My Arms: From the rehearsal room 24/01/2013

Charlotte Mountford, Assistant Producer, escapes the office and into ‘My Arms’ When your head is buried in budgets…

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My Arms – Rehearsal Diary Video 20/01/2013

My Arms by James Leach – Northern Tour Press Shots 14/01/2013

Check out our great press shots of actors Josh Moran and Susan Twist. Photographs (c) Dion Leaver  …

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Merry Christmas from Box of Tricks! 24/12/2012

Merry Christmas from Box of Tricks! Thanks for all your suppoort this year! Have a cracking Christmas and…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Quizmas… 04/12/2012

Christmas has come early, for we’ve got some festive treats in store this Thursday… The Quizmas Quizmaster, funny…

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Box of Tricks’ Winter Newsletter 30/11/2012

Warm festive-filled greetings! Or should we say “Merry Quizmas”? We hope the mulled wine is brewing and you’re all…

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