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Winners announced for the inaugural Box of Tricks & Sky Studios Screen/Play Award
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Winners announced for the inaugural Box of Tricks & Sky Studios Screen/Play Award

Conway McDermott and Sarah Tarbit beat off competition from nearly 350 entries from underrepresented talent from across the North of England to win the Box of Tricks and Sky Studios inaugural Screen/Play Award. Both will be awarded £10,250 to write a 70-minute stage play, and a 20-minute screenplay inspired by a single central idea to be developed with support from the two partners throughout 2021. Conway McDermott is a trans non-binary writer from Liverpool. They describe their work as genre fiction, using fantasy, history, sci-fi and mysticism to “create a fuller landscape of worlds and stories for weird working-class queers to inhabit”. For Screen/Play, Conway will develop The Priestess, a trans coming of age story that crashes into a psychosexual horror full of dark humour. ...
My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored
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My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored

Nana-Kofi Kufuor discusses his debut play My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored Fair play to Nana-Kofi Kufuor who has decided to take on an interrogation of black identify in modern Britain for his debut play. My Voice Was Heard But It Was Ignored began life during a year-long writing commission for Manchester based Box of Tricks. Misha Duncan-Barry is teacher Gillian who finds herself in a tricky situation with student Reece played by Jelani D’Augilar. “It sounds a bit heavy, but to me the themes are race, gender, black masculinity black femininity, toxic masculinity” says Nana-Kofi.  “It’s a two hander about a teacher and student, both black, and she sees the student stopped and searched outside of work. “He calls for her to help, and she doesn’t, so the next day with a...
Box of Tricks and Sky Studios launch inaugural Screen/Play Award
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Box of Tricks and Sky Studios launch inaugural Screen/Play Award

Box of Tricks and Sky Studios’ Innovation Hub based in Leeds have teamed up to announce the launch of the Screen/Play Award to discover exceptional writers from the North of England. The project is focussed on finding talent from communities currently underrepresented on stage and screen offering two writers with no TV writing experience a bursary to write a new play for Box of Tricks, and to open doors to the world of screenwriting by forging a development partnership with Sky Studios throughout 2021. The award is open to Northern writers, aged over 18, with no professional TV experience, from the following communities: D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent writers, LGBTQ+ writers, writers of colour, first generation migrant writers and writers from a low socioeconomic background.&nb...