PlayBox Takeover- HOME Push Festival 2020

Part of: Push Festival 2020

Box of Tricks returns to HOME for a day-long takeover at Push Festival 2020 showcasing new plays from their current PlayBox playwrights and connecting with local writers and theatremakers.

PlayBox is a year-long writer-on-attachment programme with Box of Tricks offering bespoke residencies and support to three early career North West playwrights. Box of Tricks is a Manchester-based theatre company that champions the next generation of playwrights, producing top quality new plays on local and national stages.


Three writers associated with the Bruntwood Prize will be participating;

The Bell Curves by Keisha Thompson

A rehearsed reading of PlayBox writer Keisha Thompson’s new play written during her year-long attachment with Box of Tricks as part of their day-long takeover. Follow the protagonist Nana as she considers the science in her future. Set in Manchester, this story features an all-female cast who explore the human implications of CRISPR-Cas 9 gene-hacking technology.
Keisha is a Manchester based writer, performance artist and producer. She is currently touring award-winning solo show, Man on the Moon and debut book, Lunar, featuring 40 new poems in addition to the script for Man on the Moon. Keisha is the playwright of a Longlisted play in 2019.


Too Much World At Once by Billie Collins

A rehearsed reading of PlayBox writer Billie Collins’ new play written during her year-long attachment with Box of Tricks as part of their day-long takeover. On his fifteenth birthday, Noble transforms into a bird. His sister Cleo is thousands of miles away. A play about home, and what happens when it spits us out.
Billie is a playwright and screenwriter from Merseyside. Her first play, Spiders, was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize in 2015, and she has written several other plays and short films, including Skin, which was selected for online showcase by Channel 4’s Random Acts.


My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored by Nana-Kofi Kufuor

A rehearsed reading of PlayBox writer Nana-Kofi Kuofor’s new play written during his year-long attachment with Box of Tricks as part of their day-long takeover. In a classroom over the course of an hour, a teacher and a student dissect a traumatic experience fuelled by racism and a sense of wanting to belong.
Kofi is a writer from Stockport whose style of writing comes from his experiences growing up in Stockport with Ghanaian parents. He writes plays about working class people, the people who mainstream media forget about or villainize. Kofi was a writer in the Bruntwood Prize 2019 livestream workshops.

Book for all three PlayBox readings for £10


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PlayBox Takeover


Published on:
17 Jan 2020


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