Screen/Play Table Reads

Sharings from our award-winning writers

– Wednesday 11 May 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 table reads of their screenplays at Royal Exchange Manchester.

Screen/Play Table Reads

WASTED 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.


Cast Members:

Creative Team:

Directors: Adam Quayle & Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder Script Editors: Donna Metcalfe & Natalie Keane-Aspin (Sky Studios)
Executive Producer: Vicky Wharton (Sky Studios)

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Royal Exchange, Manchester Wednesday 11 May 2022