The play makers...

A network for Northern playwrights and theatremakers

Box of Tricks' PlayMakers Network is our radical response to support our cultural community and offer a creative home in these challenging times. Aimed at Northern playwrights and theatremakers at all levels of experience, this accessible, open-to-all resource offers an ambitious programme to connect, collaborate and create.

Following the outbreak of coronavirus, the cultural landscape has changed overnight and the PlayMakers’ programme is a rallying call to our cultural community and a creative response to changing needs. Now is the time to explore new ways to unite and connect in these disconnected days.

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Screen/Play Award

Box of Tricks and Sky Studios are on the hunt for Northern talent. Our inaugural Screen/Play Award launches to unearth two writers from the North of England with electrifying stories that spark the imagination.

Each writer will be awarded a bursary to write a brand new play and a short screenplay – inspired by a single central idea – to be developed with Box of Tricks and Sky Studios’ Innovation Hub throughout 2021. We want to champion Northern writers with no professional TV experience from communities currently underrepresented on stage and screen.

So if you’ve got a story to tell, we want to hear it.

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New Tricks

New Tricks
is Box of Tricks’ engine room for new plays. Commissioning playwrights to tell the stories they want to tell, we make plays for future production in partnership with leading theatres.

We identify future talent and New Tricks commissions through various pathways including our PlayMakers network, PlayBox programme and ongoing relationships with playwrights.

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Open Door

Box of Tricks has a year-round, open door policy 
to receiving new plays and forging creative relationships with playwrights.

We work closely with playwrights to support their development through the PlayMakers Network and various playwriting programmes and commission new plays through our New Tricks programme. We do not produce unsolicited submissions from writers so please bear this in mind when sending us your work.

If you'd like to get in touch, please send an example of your writing - an extract or script - to

[Please note: Whilst we endeavour to reply to all literary submissions, we are a small team and replies can take up to three months.]