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Box Of Tricks Theatre
“He’s got two Dads, my lad. One’s black. That makes him black. I suppose.”
Manchester, 1983. Dave loves Rod Stewart, Joanne and his Ford Capri. He’s all set for a new start. Only Joanne’s about to have someone else’s baby. Is Dave ready to become a Dad even though he’s not the father?
A punchy and poetic exploration of family, race, identity and love, SparkPlug is the story of a white man who becomes the adoptive father, mother and best friend of a mixed-race child, David.
Inspired by autobiographical events and exploring the playwright’s background as an actor and spoken word artist, SparkPlug is a lyrical and energetic monologue that examines what family means in today’s society.
Finalist for Alfred Fagon Award Best New Play 2017
Featured as one of BBC’s theatre shows you won’t want to miss 2019
New Tricks development supported by Unity Theatre Liverpoolthrough their Out of Space: Play Space programme.
“SparkPlug is a rare example of concept, purpose and performance fusing successfully into one immersive production. Under Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder’s direction, SparkPlug maintains pace and variety, forging Dave as a truly complex and sincere character… Cleverly structured, with well-designed set, sound and lighting, SparkPlug is a well-written, well-conceived and impressively executed new play.”
“The script for SparkPlug is outstanding… Although SparkPlug is a single-person play it is hardly a dry monologue. Director Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder uses Judge’s highly physical performance style to create a dynamic and tense production. Central to this approach is Katie Scott’s remarkable set… Intensely moving and beautifully performed, SparkPlug is a play that rewards attention.”
“David Judge has dug deep in to his own family history for this absorbing one-man show… Mesmerising oral storytelling… Designer Katie Scott’s set is a playground for boys of all ages, a garage cluttered with memories with, at its heart, a Meccano-like skeleton of a car which Judge clambers on, around and under like a playground climbing frame.”
“An elegiac and unassuming poetry is threaded throughout Judge’s performance, not only in the text (“He bounces off the wall, you know. He sends her up them”) but also in the lyricism of Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder’s staging, Katie Scott’s design and Richard Owen’s lighting.”