The PlayMakers: Masterclass series connects Northern playwrights through online workshops, offering a creative space to investigate the craft of writing for stage, screen and radio. Led by writers from the Box of Tricks family, workshops will interrogate various topics and explore different approaches to writing.

Here's what we've got in store for Season Three: Endings, Breaking the Fourth Wall, Writing a One Person Show, Finding Inspiration, Theatre in Translation and a Q&A.

Back by popular demand, we relaunch our fortnightly one-on-one Creative Surgeries for Northern theatremakers on Thursday afternoons. Book below.

All Masterclasses and Creative Surgeries are free to attend but places are limited and you’ll need to register in advance via the links below.

Season Three: November 2021 - February 2022

Endings: Finishing that Pay
with Patrick Hughes
17 November 2021

Breaking the Fourth Wall: Writing for non-theatrical spaces
with Becky Prestwich & Alison Carr
1 December 2021, 6pm 

Writing a One Person Show with Rob Ward
12 January 2022 - On sale soon

Finding Inspiration with Siân Owen
26 January 2022 - On sale soon

Q&A with writer Vinay Patel
9 February 2022 - On sale soon

Theatre in Translation with Dan Millar
2 March 2022 - On sale soon

Season One: July - October 2020

Check out our video archive of Masterclasses: Season One...

1. Exercise for Creative Muscles with David Judge
2. Group Dynamics with Tom Morton-Smith
3. Character & Dialogue with Chris Hoyle
4. Storytelling Devices with Keisha Thompson
5. Redrafting - Preliminary Exercise with Becky Prestwich
6. Redrafting with Becky Prestwich
7. Writing Theatrically with Lizzie Nunnery
8. Q&A with playwright Alison Carr
9. Writing Pantomime with Al Lockhart-Morley

≡ Click on the Playlist icon (top right of video) to select which Masterclass you want to watch.

Season Two: April - June 2021

Check out our video archive of Masterclasses: Season Two...

1. Karla-Marie Sweet: Surviving the Industry
2. Billie Collins: Developing Your First Play
3. Ella Greenhill: Writing for Continuing Drama
4. Lindsay Rodden: The Early Days of a Better Nation
5. Furquan Akhtar: Q&A on writing for TV and Radio
6. Chris Hoyle: Writing Dialogue

≡ Click on the Playlist icon (top right of video) to select which Masterclass you want to watch.

PlayMakers: Creative Surgeries

Every other Thursday | Free

Join Box of Tricks for a series of one-on-one Creative Surgeries for Northern theatre practitioners. We’re running fortnightly online conversations on Thursday afternoons.

Book your free place for a bring-your-own brew and a half-hour creative chat via Zoom. Let us know what you want to discuss – creative enquiry, producing, touring, casting, marketing and more – and we’ll match you with a member of the Box of Tricks team.