Pen Pals

Pen Pals

Playwright exchange programme

Box of Tricks champions playwrights and empowers them to tell the stories they want to tell. We recognise that sometimes, these stories need to be told free from the pressures of a commission or competition deadline and that writers need a safe space for creativity and risk taking.

Our Pen Pals exchange programme will match pairs of playwrights to connect, share ideas and develop their craft. During the exchange, each Pen Pal will develop a full-length play – sharing thoughts and ideas along the way – and receive feedback from the Box of Tricks team.

How does it work?

Pen Pals

A 10-minute introduction to Box of Tricks' Pen Pals programme from our Joint Artistic Directors Adam and Hannah.***Window open 1 June – 15 June 2020.***

Posted by Box of Tricks Theatre on Friday, 5 June 2020


We will match 6 pairs of Pen Pals for a six month period from September 2020 until February 2021.

Each pair will send each other work-in-progress and maintain regular contact through online meetings.

Box of Tricks will introduce Pen Pals online, discussing their ideas at the start of the process, and meet again for a midway catch-up.

At the end of the exchange, all 12 Pen Pals will send their drafts to Box of Tricks to be read ahead of a final debrief and feedback session.

Get in touch

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in our first cycle; we’ll be in touch soon.

If you have any queries about our Pen Pals scheme, drop us a line at (with ‘Pen Pals’ in the subject line).