Screen/Play Sharings

Readings from our award-winning writers

– Saturday 5 February 2022

“Electrifying stories that spark the imagination.”

Box of Tricks and Sky Studios’ inaugural Screen/Play Award launched to unearth two writers from the North of England with electrifying stories that spark the imagination. 

The winning writers – Conway McDermott and Sarah Tarbit – were awarded a bursary of £10,250 to write a brand new play and a short screenplay – inspired by a single central idea – developed with support from Box of Tricks and Sky Studios’ Innovation Hub throughout 2021.

Join us as we share work-in-progress scripts from the award-winning writers with rehearsed readings of their stage plays at HOME Manchester.

Screen/Play Sharings

DEAD BOYS by Sarah Tarbit

After a teenager dies by suicide in Ashington, his friends and family are thrown into turmoil. Seeking answers, they ask why their town has so many dead boys. A timely story about the reverberations and inequality of suicide.

PRIESTESS by Conway McDermott

El is alienated, overdrawn, and fighting to make sense of their trans identity. When they’re lured into a close-knit new-age friendship group, validation and community quickly give way to past life grudges, prophetic visions, manipulation and abuse.

Rehearsed Readings of Stage Plays

Saturday 5 February 2022 | HOME, Manchester

11.30am Rehearsed Reading: DEAD BOYS by Sarah Tarbit
(80 mins)

2pm Panel Discussion: Representation in Theatre (60–90 mins)
Box of Tricks assembles a panel of theatremakers to discuss representation in theatre and how to drive positive change in challenging times. Join us for an exploration of how the industry can shine a light on voices that need to be heard and stories that be told.

4pm Rehearsed Reading: PRIESTESS by Conway McDermott
(80 mins)


Cast Members:

Creative Team:

Directors: Adam Quayle & Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder Producer: Max Emmerson
Literary Associate: Al Lockhart-Morley

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Show Calendar

Rehearsed Reading: DEAD BOYS 11:30am
Panel: Representation in Theatre 2pm
Rehearsed Reading: PRIESTESS 4pm
HOME, Manchester Saturday 5 February 2022
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