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 Best 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
PlayBox 2021: Open Submission Window
For the first time, we will open a two-month script submission window for our flagship PlayBox Programme for early-career North West Playwrights. We want to read new plays from local talent and unheard voices – actively seeking playwrights from under-represented groups – and find three emerging writers for our 2021 cycle.
Furquan Akhtar – 30 DAYS
Patrick Hughes – MÖBEL
James Harker – LAND’S END
Fidelio Charitable Trust & Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation
Nana-Kofi Kufuor – MY VOICE WAS HEARD BUT IT WAS IGNORED
Keisha Thompson – THE BELL CURVES
Billie Collins – TOO MUCH WORLD AT ONCE
Garrick Charitable Trust, Thistle Trust & Fidelio Charitable Trust