“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.
Alfreya Bell (she/her)
Dean Bone (he/him)
Harriet Ghost (she/her)
Josh Hart (he/him)
Steven Hillman (he/him)
Jake Jarratt (he/him)
Nicholas Lumley (he/him)
Daniel Watson (he/him)
Rachel Austin (she/her)
Jacob Butler (he/him)
Elijah W Harris (he/him)
Robyn Holdaway (they/them)
Matthew Khan (he/him)
Inigo Robertson (he/him)
Karla Marie Sweet (she/her)
Directors: Adam Quayle & Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder
Script Editors: Donna Metcalfe & Natalie Keane-Aspin (Sky Studios)
Executive Producer: Vicky Wharton (Sky Studios)