“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.
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
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
Dean Bone (he/him)
Josh Hart (he/him)
Jake Jarratt (he/him)
Olivia Onyehara (she/her)
George Telfer (he/him)
Elijah Young (he/him)
Alice Christina-Corrigan (she/her)
Robyn Holdaway (they/them)
Harrison Knights (he/him)
Polly Lister (she/her)
Karla Marie Sweet (she/her)
Directors: Adam Quayle & Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder
Producer: Max Emmerson
Literary Associate: Al Lockhart-Morley