Box of Tricks Playbox Takeover

New writing theatre company Box of Tricks is launching a day-long takeover (Saturday, January 20th) of HOME’s PUSH Festival 2018 to present three brank-spanking new plays from their current PlayBox playwrights programme. This event will also be an opportunity to connect with the team at Box of Tricks so it’s an ideal setting for both local writers and theatre-makers.

For those not in the know, PlayBox is a year-long writer-on-attachment programme offering bespoke residencies to three early-career North West playwrights to write a new play with plenty of support from Box of Tricks – from dramaturgy to workshops.

The day will run as follows…

10:30am – Writers’ Breakfast

Come join Box of Tricks and our PlayBoxers for coffee and pastries and a chat about how we develop new plays and support the next generation of playwrights.

12pm – Rehearsed Reading: 30 DAYS by Furquan Akhtar

It’s the start of Ramadan. Adil is consumed by guilt as his love and faith are tested to their limits. As fasting begins, will he survive the next thirty days and find the light of Eid?

After developing his editorial skills at Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, Furquan took the leap to pursue his own writing.  He is the winner of the BBC’s prestigious Alfred Bradley Bursary Award (2013-14) as well as a Broadcast “Hot Shot” (2014) and a Guardian Newspaper “One to Watch” (2012). Furquan is also part of Channel 4’s “Commissioning Network” (2016-17).

Furquan has written an episode for series 5 of CBBC’s The Dumping Ground. He has also written two episodes for series four of CBBC’s hit teen drama Wolfblood. Furquan is developing a comedy-drama with Hat Trick Productions a sitcom for Retort and a drama for Lime Pictures. Furquan has a passion for Radio Drama and has written two well-received afternoon plays; Shamed and most recently Brotherhood.

2:30pm – Workshop: Touring New Work

A 90-minute workshop exploring the challenges and opportunities in touring new work across the UK.

4:30pm – Rehearsed Reading: MÖBEL by Patrick Hughes

Olive and Moss are moving into a new home and looking for a new start. But can their relationship overcome the challenges of depression, anxiety and flat-pack furniture?

Patrick is a playwright, performer and poet from the North West of England. After graduating from The Liverpool Everyman’s Young Writers Programme his first play Northern Flight was produced and staged as part of Flux Festival 2014. In 2015 Patrick was commissioned by Northumberland Theatre Company to write the play Undercover, which toured a number of venues across the North of England. Later that year his second play Aquarium was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize.

In 2016, Patrick completed a Masters of Arts in scriptwriting at The University of East Anglia under the tutelage of playwrights Steve Waters and Timberlake Wertenbaker. When he is not writing he runs scriptwriting classes in Liverpool and is the founder of the city’s biggest poetry night A Lovely Word.

6:30pm – Rehearsed Reading: LAND’S END by James Harker

Two girls, one thousand miles, no hope. A riotous road trip featuring death, dancehall and the redemptive power of Cliff Richard.

James is an award-winning young playwright from Manchester. His first full-length play (Gary: A Love Story) opened in 2015 to five-star reviews, and went on to win Equity’s ‘Vicky Allen Award’ for ‘Best Play, 2015.’ He is currently under commission with the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster to produce Port Stories: a series of audio dramas focused on the legacy of the 18th century Lancaster slave trade.

His second play, Borderland, will be touring the North West in 2017. He is very excited to be working with Box of Tricks as part of the PlayBox scheme.

If you fancy yourself some new writing theatre be sure to grab yourself some tickets to head down to HOME in Manchester!

Tom Chivers

The Founder of How To Do Theatre, Tom is heavily involved in all aspects of this online theatre magazine and wants to help create a fantastic resource for everyone who may need it. He is also a graduate of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Young Writers course so when not writing for this website he is off scribbling plays of his own.