PlayMakers: Masterclasses

The PlayMakers: Masterclass series connects Northern playwrights through online workshops, offering a creative space to investigate the craft of writing for stage, screen and radio. Led by writers from the Box of Tricks family, workshops will interrogate various topics and explore different approaches to writing.

Season Two runs from April-June 2021 and includes sessions on surviving the industry, writing your first play, writing for continuing drama, writing in response to the world around us, writing for radio and TV and writing dialogue.

If you're in need of instant inspiration, be sure to check out Past Masterclasses via our video archive below.

Upcoming Masterclasses

Season Two: April - June 2021


Karla-Marie Sweet: Surviving the Industry
Wednesday 7 April, 2.30pm

Billie Collins: Developing Your First Play -
Lessons from a Novice

Wednesday 21 April, 2.30pm

Ella Greenhill: Writing for Continuing Drama
Wednesday 5 May, 2.30pm

Lindsay Rodden: The Early Days of a Better Nation
Wednesday 19 May, 2.30pm

Furquan Akhtar: Q&A on writing for TV and Radio
Wednesday 2 June, 2:30pm

Chris Hoyle: Writing Dialogue
Wednesday 16 June, 2.30pm

Dates and times subject to change.

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Past Masterclasses

Season One: July - October 2020

Check out our video archive of Masterclasses: Season One...

1. Exercise for Creative Muscles with David Judge
2. Group Dynamics with Tom Morton-Smith
3. Character & Dialogue with Chris Hoyle
4. Storytelling Devices with Keisha Thompson
5. Redrafting - Preliminary Exercise with Becky Prestwich
6. Redrafting with Becky Prestwich
7. Writing Theatrically with Lizzie Nunnery
8. Q&A with playwright Alison Carr
9. Writing Pantomime with Al Lockhart-Morley

≡ Click on the Playlist icon (top right of video) to select which Masterclass you want to watch.

PlayMakers: Creative Surgeries

Every other Thursday | Free

Join Box of Tricks for a series of one-on-one Creative Surgeries for Northern theatre practitioners. We’re running fortnightly online conversations on Thursday afternoons.

Book your free place for a bring-your-own brew and a half-hour creative chat via Zoom. Let us know what you want to discuss – creative enquiry, producing, touring, casting, marketing and more – and we’ll match you with a member of the Box of Tricks team.