Pen Pals

Pen Pals 2020-21

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 matches 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.

Overwhelmed with great submissions for our inaugural Pen Pals exchange, we're delighted to be launching not one but two Cohorts of Pen Pals in the coming months - doubling our number and offering creative support to 24 Northern playwrights over the next 9 months.


Pen Pals are matched for a six month period.

Each pair sends each other work-in-progress and maintains regular contact through online meetings.

Box of Tricks introduces Pen Pals online, discusses their ideas at the start of the process and meets again for a midway catch-up.

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

Apply to be a Pen Pal

Submissions are closed. 

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

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


Pen Pals: Cohort 1

September 2020 - March 2021

Our first Cohort, writing from September until March, are:

Molly Sweeney and Laura Homer
Karla Marie Sweet and Stefanie Reynolds
Francesca Waite and Josie Cerise
Nick Kirby and Steve Timms
Clare McNulty and James Harker
Kat Boon and Rachel Price

As pictured (l-r): Molly Sweeney, Laura Homer, Karla Marie Sweet, Stefanie Reynolds, Francesca Waite, Josie Cerise, Nick Kirby, Steve Timms, Clare McNulty, James Harker, Kat Boon and Rachel Price.

Pen Pals: Cohort 2

November 2020 - May 2021

Our second Cohort, writing from November until May, are:

Alison Carr and Anna Spearpoint
Nana-Kofi Kufuor and Hannah Roze-Lewis
Becci Sharrock and Chris Salt
Kirsten Holly and Bronte Appleby
Barbara Williams and Kerry Wright
Nicole Joseph and Sass Holmes

As pictured (l-r): Alison Carr, Anna Spearpoint, Nana-Kofi Kufuor, Hannah Roze-Lewis, Becci Sharrock, Chris Salt, Kirsten Holly, Bronte Appleby, Barbara Williams, Kerry Wright, Nicole Joseph and Sass Holmes