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“Every story told. Every voice heard.”

To say that 2020 has been one of the toughest years that Box of Tricks has faced would be an understatement. The arts sector and theatre industry is reeling from the hammer blow of Covid-19. As a company, we've risen to myriad challenges that the global pandemic has thrown at us and grow ever more determined to build a brighter future.

Since the crisis struck, we’ve been running on reserves and laying the foundations for future theatre without receiving a penny of government help. We've supported our theatre community and have had to find new ways to raise money to do so in this challenging climate.

The PlayMakers Fund is a vital lifeline for our work with Northern talent and every pound sparks creative fires!

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Box of Tricks is still fighting and we’re still here. Whilst we may have postponed productions for 2020, we’ve reimagined how we can continue our mission to support Northern playwrights and theatremakers now and in the future - forging a sense of community at a time of crisis.

Here’s the low-down on what we’ve been up:

~ We’ve launched our PlayMakers Network, an accessible, open-to-all resource for Northern writers to connect, collaborate and create;

~ We've created the Screen/Play Award in partnership with Sky Studios, a bold new initiative to seek out Northern talent from underrepresented groups with two writers receiving £10,250 each to develop a brand new play and a short screenplay with us in 2021;

~ So far, we’ve delivered 8 free online Writing Masterclasses and Q&A sessions from leading playwrights for 200+ participants, creating a digital archive of online video tutorials, and advised 20+ theatremakers through one-to-one Creative Surgeries on a wide range of topics;

~ We’ve matched 24 Northern writers in the first two cohorts of our newly-launched Pen Pals exchange programme with each writer developing a full-length script over six months with support from Box of Tricks;

~ We’ve read 200+ scripts through our open submissions windows for Pen Pals and PlayBox, and doubled down on our commitment to amplify underrepresented voices with the creation of a Positive Action Policy.

And this is just the beginning. Playwrights and theatremakers are the heart of our all our plans as we build a brave new world full of creative possibility. 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.

But the fight goes on. A donation today will directly support our work with 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. We’ve got big, bold plans for 2021 and beyond, so watch this space: we’re not going down without a fight!

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Play your part

Support our PlayMakers Fund today, and we will:

~ Acknowledge your support on our website;

~ Send quarterly updates from our Artistic Directors;

~ Invite you to future PlayMakers events.

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