Playbox 2021- Open Call for North West Playwrights

Box of Tricks is looking to find three early-career North West playwrights for the next cycle of their flagship talent development programme PlayBox in 2021.

Selected playwrights will be paid £1000 each to take part in a year-long talent development attachment during which time they will write a brand new play with dramaturgical support from Box of Tricks, develop their piece during a workshop day with actors and receive a public rehearsed reading of their play.

Committed to championing unheard voices and amplifying untold stories, Box of Tricks especially welcomes submissions from playwrights from under-represented groups. If an aspect of your identity – disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and/or lower socio-economic background –  means your voice isn’t being heard and your story isn’t being told on contemporary stages, we want to hear from you.



  • Writers must be aged 18 or over. There is no upper age limit.
  • Writers must be resident in the North West of England. If not currently resident, writers must be able to demonstrate strong links to the North West and a commitment to making work in the region.
  • Writers must be at the early stages of their playwriting career. In order to be eligible, you must not have had any professional full-length productions of your work (over 60 minutes) performed for more than four weeks by a professional cast.
  • Box of Tricks operates a Positive Action policy to support their commitment to champion unheard voices and amplify untold stories. Any playwright whose identity is currently under-represented on contemporary stages and who meets the Submission Criteria will be automatically longlisted for PlayBox 2021-22. If this applies to you, please state in your application: “I would like to be considered under Box of Tricks’ Positive Action policy”.


The PlayBox Submission Window is open from Monday 6 July – Monday 31 August 2020.

Autumn 2020 Interviews with shortlisted playwrights
November 2020 PlayBox Playwrights selected and announced 
January 2021 Year-long PlayBox cycle begins
Autumn 2021 PlayBox Workshop Day with actors
January 2022 Public rehearsed reading of PlayBox plays

Published on:
7 Jul 2020


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