Events

Masterclasses

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 interrogate various topics and explore different approaches to writing.

Registration is Pay What You Decide (PWYD) donation (minimum £1). All donations will go directly to our 15th Birthday Appeal with every penny raised reinvested in PlayMakers so that they can do what they do best: make plays.

Season Three: November 2021 - March 2022


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

1. Breaking the Fourth Wall: Writing for non-theatrical spaces with Becky Prestwich & Alison Carr
2. Endings: Finishing that Play with Patrick Hughes
3. Finding Inspiration with Siân Owen
4. Theatre in Translation with Danny Millar
5. Writing a One Person Show with Rob Ward
6. Q&A with Vinay Patel

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

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.

*** Bookings currently closed. New Creative Surgery slots coming later this year. Watch this space! ***