“Electrifying stories that spark the imagination.”
Box of Tricks and Sky Studios’ inaugural Screen/Play Award launched to unearth two writers from the North of England with electrifying stories that spark the imagination.
The winning writers – Conway McDermott and Sarah Tarbit – were awarded a bursary of £10,250 to write a brand new play and a short screenplay – inspired by a single central idea – developed with support from Box of Tricks and Sky Studios’ Innovation Hub throughout 2021.
Join us as we share work-in-progress scripts from the award-winning writers with rehearsed readings of their stage plays at HOME Manchester.
PRIESTESS by Conway McDermott
El is alienated, overdrawn, and fighting to make sense of their trans identity. When they’re lured into a close-knit new-age friendship group, validation and community quickly give way to past life grudges, prophetic visions, manipulation and abuse.
WASTED / DEAD BOYS by Sarah Tarbit
After a teenager dies by suicide in Ashington, his friends and family are thrown into turmoil. Seeking answers, they ask why their town has so many dead boys. A timely story about the reverberations and inequality of suicide.
Rehearsed Readings of Stage Plays
Saturday 5 February 2022 | HOME, Manchester
11.30am Rehearsed Reading: DEAD BOYS by Sarah Tarbit
2pm Panel Discussion: Representation in Theatre (60–90 mins)
Box of Tricks assembles a panel of theatremakers to discuss representation in theatre and how to drive positive change in challenging times. Join us for an exploration of how the industry can shine a light on voices that need to be heard and stories that be told.
4pm Rehearsed Reading: PRIESTESS by Conway McDermott