Last year, for the first time ever, we opened up submissions for PlayBox, our flagship early-career writer development programme. We invited playwrights to apply for the opportunity because we wanted to broaden our horizons and hear from exciting new voices from across the North West. In line with our Positive Action Policy, we actively welcomed submissions from underrepresented playwrights and unheard voices we want to amplify.
Now in its fourth cycle, PlayBox is a year-long writer-on-attachment programme offering bespoke residencies to early-career North West playwrights to write a new play with support from Box of Tricks. Over the course of a year-long attachment, each playwright receives a seed commission to write a new play with dramaturgical support from the Box of Tricks team and workshop development with actors, culminating in a public rehearsed reading.
We received 125 applications from playwrights with thrilling stories to tell. Making the final choice was tough - we couldn't choose just three, so there are four! - and we're delighted to finally unleash our latest PlayBoxers on the world!
Golsoncott Foundation, Granada Foundation, Leche Trust, Unity Theatre Trust & Fenton Arts Trust
Daneka is a bisexual, working class actor and writer from Cumbria. As an actor, she’s worked with companies such as National Theatre, Northern Stage, Theatre by the Lake, CAST Doncaster, Northern Broadsides, The Customs House and the BBC. As a writer they’ve worked with Paines Plough, Theatre by the Lake and Emmerson and Ward.
Adam is a disabled, working class, writer-performer from Blackburn. After completing a BA in Acting, they have entered into the industry creating work about accessibility, identity, imagination and spontaneity. Adam has worked with Graeae, Oldham Coliseum, Hot Coals Theatre and more.
Stefanie has trained with Tamasha playwrights (2017) & Royal Courts Intro to Writing (2019). Stefanie enjoys writing drama comedies, with a focus on race and class. She has written for Scratch nights and comedy nights in London and Manchester theatres, as well as toured her first play Scribbles at Edinburgh Fringe festival and Battersea Arts Centre. She has also written articles for GUM Magazine, Tamasha’s Hear Me Now monologues & Virtual Collaborators project.
Mitesh is a Manchester based actor. His Theatre credits include Oliver Twist (Leeds), Jack & the Beanstalk, Cinderella (Oldham); Henry V, 12th Night, Borrowers. Much Ado, Tempest, Swallows & Amazons (Storyhouse); East is East, Big Corner, Hamlet, Rafta Rafta (Bolton) and Combustion (Arcola)
TV and film includes Mogul Mowgli, The Pact, Rise of The Footsoldier 2 and Threesome.