Screen/Play

Box of Tricks and Sky Studios are on the hunt for Northern talent. Our inaugural Screen/Play Award launches to unearth two writers from the North of England with electrifying stories that spark imagination.

Each writer will be awarded £10,000 to develop a brand new play and a short screenplay – inspired by a single central idea – to be developed with Box of Tricks and Sky Studios’ Innovation Hub throughout 2021. We’re looking for stories with the scope and ambition to be realised on both stage and screen, stories that embrace the infinite imaginative possibilities of each medium, stories that reflect the world in which we live.

At a time when our industry faces the greatest crisis of a generation and stands to lose a wealth of talent, the Screen/Play Award shines a light on voices that need to be heard and stories that need to be told. We want to champion Northern writers with zero professional TV experience from communities currently underrepresented on stage and screen.

So if you’ve got a story to tell, we want to hear it.

 

Screen/Play Award

 

How do I apply?

Apply with a one-page pitch (up to 500 words), an example script (up to 30 pages) through our online Application Form during our submission window from 12-31 October 2020.

What happens next?

A shortlist of 15 writers will be announced in late 2020 with 5 finalists meeting our Panel to pitch their idea in person via Zoom.

Selected by our industry Panel, two Screen/Play Award winners will be announced in December 2020.

What is the Award?

Each winner will receive £10,000 each with an exclusive option for Box of Tricks to produce the stage play in a future season.

Supported by Box of Tricks and Sky Studios’ Innovation Hub, our award-winning writers will write and develop a first draft of a 70-minute stage play and a 20-minute screenplay throughout 2021 and culminating in a table read/rehearsed reading.

All 15 shortlisted writers will be invited to take part in exclusive online Masterclasses on screenwriting with industry experts and the 5 finalists will meet with Box of Tricks and Sky Studios to discuss their ongoing development and future relationship.

Any questions? Please read our Fact Sheet before applying.

Download here. ⤓

 

Award Criteria

 
A cornerstone of Box of Tricks' Positive Action plan, the Award is open to Northern writers with no professional TV experience with the explicit aim to increase representation and opportunity now and in the future.

Applicants must meet the following Criteria:

1. Writers must be aged 18 or over. There is no upper age limit.

2. Writers must be resident in the North of England. If not currently resident, writers must be able to demonstrate strong links to the North and a commitment to making work in the region.

3. Writers must have no professional screenwriting experience. That is, writers must have never been paid to write for television/film or taken part in an established TV professional development programme (e.g. BBC Writersroom or Channel 4 Screenwriting Course). 

4. Writers must be from a community currently underrepresented on our stage and screen:

D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent writers
LGBTQ+ writers
Writers of colour
First generation migrant writers

⇥ Writers from a low socioeconomic background

For full details of Eligibility Criteria and definitions,
check out our Fact Sheet. 

⤓ Download here. ⤓

Launch Event

Zoom | Wednesday 14 October at 12pm

 
Join us for a special online Screen/Play Award Launch:
⇥ Meet Box of Tricks and Sky Studios;
⇥ Hear top pitching tips from professional TV writers;
⇥ Ask questions during a Q&A.

Committed to accessibility, we can provide BSL or live captioning upon request (via online booking). If you have any other specific access needs, drop us a line at screenplay@boxoftrickstheatre.co.uk.

If you're not able to join us live, don't worry! We'll be recording the Launch and sharing the video on our website and social channels.

 

Meet the Panel


Introducing our industry panel who will meet the five finalists and choose the two Screen/Play Award winners...

David Judge

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Chris Bush

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Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder

Hannah is Joint Artistic Director of Box of Tricks. Her recent productions include SparkPlug by David Judge (finalist for Alfred Fagon Award) and Narvik by Lizzie Nunnery (winner of Best New Play at UK Theatre Awards).

Donna Metcalfe

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PlayMakers Network

 

Box of Tricks' PlayMakers Network is an ambitious programme for Northern playwrights and theatremakers to connect, collaborate and create. If you haven't already, we'd love for you to join our community to access our free activities, events and resources for writers at every stage of their career.

Find out more

 

 

Box of Tricks


Based in Manchester, Box of Tricks makes plays. We champion playwrights and empower them to tell the stories they want to tell. Together, we go on a journey to uncover new plays that reflect the world in which we live today. We create heartfelt theatre that resonates, inspires and entertains.

 

Sky Studios


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