A network for Northern playwrights and theatremakers

“Every story told. Every voice heard.”

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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PlayMakers Programme

PlayBox 2021

Now in its fourth cycle, PlayBox is a year-long writer-on-attachment programme offering bespoke residencies to early-career North West playwrights to write a new play with support from Box of Tricks. This year, we'll be developing four new plays with our four fantastic PlayBoxers.


PlayBox 2021

PlayMakers: Masterclasses & Creative Surgeries

Join us for our series of free online PlayMakers Masterclasses covering a wide range of writing skills or sign up for one of our one-on-one fortnightly Creative Surgeries for theatremakers who want professional advice on areas such as producing, fundraising, marketing and touring.

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PlayMakers: Pen Pals

Our Pen Pals exchange programme matches pairs of playwrights to connect, share ideas and develop their craft, giving them the time and focus to commit to an idea they want to develop. Over the six months of the exchange, all Pen Pals write and develop a full-length play which receives feedback from the Box of Tricks team.

Pen Pals

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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