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15th Birthday Appeal

To mark our 15th Birthday, Box of Tricks is raising £15,000 for PlayMakers to do what they do best: make plays. Every penny - 100% of the money raised - will go directly to Northern playwrights to find their voice, tell their stories and write new plays. 

This is a no-strings-attached approach to supporting future talent. Playwrights won't have to jump through hoops of complex funding applications or high-odds writing competitions. Responsive to their creative needs, the programme will identify the talent of tomorrow through our PlayMakers Network and invest in their development through two brand new initiatives:

⇥ Time to Write: Giving playwrights time and space to write (e.g. £500 to write for a week)
⇥ Time to Create: Giving playwrights time and space to create (e.g. £1500 to develop a play with a couple of actors)

Our most ambitious fundraising drive to date, we need your help to make our ambitions a reality. Donate today to support the PlayMakers of tomorrow.

If you'd like to talk to us about making a larger donation towards our 15th Birthday Appeal, please e-mail Joint Artistic Directors Adam and Hannah on

PlayMakers Fund

Support Box of Tricks as we embark on the next chapter of our journey. Celebrating 15 years of making new plays, we’ve launched ambitious plans to nurture and champion Northern talent, revitalising our mission to offer a wide-ranging, responsive programme that empowers and centres playwrights at the heart of everything we do.

Our 2021-22 PlayMakers programme is a blueprint for a brighter creative future that radically reimagines our professional development offer for Northern playwrights, building on the success of the last fifteen years and ensuring that we’ll be championing new writers long into the future.

As part of our 2021-22 programme, we will:

- Develop 5 new plays for future production through New Tricks and Screen/Play;
- Offer a creative hub for 3 Associate Playwrights;
- Champion 4 early-career North West playwrights through PlayBox;
- Support 24 Northern playwrights through our innovative Pen Pals exchange;
- Offer free Masterclasses and Creative Surgeries to 380+ participants;
- Pilot scratch events and road-test new approaches to writer development.

And that’s just the beginning of our drive to forge a brighter creative future. But we can’t do it alone. All activities and events for PlayMakers are completely free and open to everyone. That simply wouldn't be possible without the generous support of those who have already donated to the PlayMakers Fund since July 2020.

Play your part from just £3 a month. A donation today will spark creative fires and champion the voices of tomorrow; so please consider making a regular donation and help us spread the word. We know that times are hard and that demand for money is high, but every donation – however large or small – goes directly to supporting new voices and the lifeblood of new plays.

As a registered charity, we can Gift Aid donations so that every £1 you give can raise an additional 25p.

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