PlayMakers Takeover 2024

A day of new plays, workshops and conversations

– 20 January 2024

“An all-day new play extravaganza celebrating our PlayBox playwrights”

Join Box of Tricks for this year's PlayMakers Takeover bringing together Northern playwrights and theatremakers to connect, collaborate and create.

Brace yourself for an all-day new play extravaganza at HOME Mcr: four rehearsed readings from our PlayBoxers, a PlayMakers Offstage workshop with Associate Sound Designer & Composer Lee Affen and a drop-in Culture Café for Northern creatives.


Takeover Schedule

10:15-16:00: PlayMakers Culture Café

Local writers and offstage creatives, join Box of Tricks to hear all about our PlayMakers Network between events throughout the day. Meet our Literary Team, find out about our playwright and offstage initiatives and add your voice to our ever-evolving plans.

10:30: Brain Play (working title) by Lekhani Chirwa

Nameya struggles with her mental health, she has experienced trauma and is trying to heal. She wants to understand her brain and begins working with therapist Mae, someone that understands her.

12:00: The Space Around and Between by Saphena Aziz

It's Lola's 21st Birthday. Her family gathers. Secrets uncovered. Memories replayed. Love explored. A room locked. Maybe forgiveness.  How do you live in spite of absences?

14:00: Sound Design Workshop with Lee Affen

Join us for a workshop with Box of Tricks’ Associate Sound Designer Lee Affen. We’ll be exploring the relationship between sound and text; looking at not only how sound can be used to enhance a scene, but also how sound can transform text and hold its own narrative. We’ll be playing with textural sound design as well as looking at how music can voice text. 

16:00: Neverland by Adam James

Neverland is a play about growing up, being silly, and those strange little spaces that allow us to find ourselves... if we give them a chance. A group of very different lads find themselves in a drama room with a task ahead of them: to make something.

17:30: Naz: Sinful Perverts, Sexual Deviants, and Products of the Godless West by Mohammed Barber

At the height of the AIDS epidemic a group of four people band together to create the first South Asian gay night club in London. But with all the pressures of a debilitating disease, what comes first, community or yourself?

Creative Team:

Directors: Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder (she/her) & Adam Quayle (he/him)

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