PlayBox Takeover 2020

A creative day of new plays and conversations

– Saturday 18 January 2020

“Supporting North West playwrights and theatremakers”

Box of Tricks returns to HOME for a day-long takeover at Push Festival 2020 showcasing new plays from our current PlayBox playwrights and connecting with local writers and theatremakers.

PlayBox is a year-long writer-on-attachment programme offering bespoke residencies to three early-career North West playwrights to write a new play with support from Box of Tricks.

PlayBox Takeover: Programme

10:30am – Writers’ Breakfast
Come join Box of Tricks and our PlayBoxers for coffee and pastries and a chat about how we develop new plays and support the next generation of playwrights.

12pm – Rehearsed Reading:
by Nana-Kofi Kufuor
In a classroom over the course of an hour, a teacher and a student dissect a traumatic experience fuelled by racism and a sense of wanting to belong.

2:30pm – Workshop: Taking New Plays from Page to Stage
A 90-minute workshop exploring the writer, dramaturg and directors’ creative journey taking a new play from page to stage.

4:30pm – Rehearsed Reading:
THE BELL CURVES by Keisha Thompson 
Follow the protagonist Nana as she considers the science in her future. Set in Manchester, this story features an all-female cast who explore the human implications of CRISPR-Cas 9 gene-hacking technology.  

6:30pm – Rehearsed Reading:
TOO MUCH WORLD AT ONCE by Billie Collins
On his fifteenth birthday, Noble transforms into a bird. His sister Cleo is thousands of miles away. A play about home, and what happens when it spits us out. 


Supported by:
 Idlewild trust logo
Garrick Charitable Trust, Thistle Trust & Fidelio Charitable Trust

Cast Members:

Creative Team:

Playwrights: Billie Collins, Nana-Kofi Kufuor and Keisha Thompson Directors: Adam Quayle and Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder
Associate Producer: Max Emmerson

Click here to play video
Show Calendar

Writers' Breakfast | HOME, Manchester 10:30am
Workshop: Taking New Plays from Page to Stage 2:30pm
PlayBox Reading: THE BELL CURVES 4:30pm
PlayBox Reading: TOO MUCH WORLD AT ONCE 6:30pm
PlayBox Takeover | HOME, Manchester Saturday 18 January 2020
Related Posts

PlayBox Takeover 2020: Meet the actors… 10/01/2020

New year, new plays! If your New Year’s resolution involves new theatre and new plays, kick-start 2020 as...

Read More

PlayBox Takeover 2020: Keisha Thompson 13/01/2020

‘The Bell Curves’ by Keisha Thompson In the last of our insights into the writing process, PlayBox playwright...

Read More

PlayBox Takeover 2020: Nana-Kofi Kufuor 08/01/2020

‘My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored’ by Nana-Kofi Kufuor PlayBox playwright Nana-Kofi Kufuor reflects on the...

Read More

PlayBox Takeover 2020: Billie Collins 16/12/2019

Too Much World At Once – Billie Collins Following a workshop day at HOME in September, PlayBox playwright...

Read More

PlayBox 2019: Meet the PlayBoxers 25/04/2019

As we launch our  2019-20 Season, we’re delighted to announce the PlayBox playwrights who join us this year… PlayBox is...

Read More