Box of Tricks presents

Parent & Baby/ SparkPlug

A new play by David Judge

Finalist for Alfred Fagon Award Best New Play of the Year 2017

“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.

“Box of Tricks know how to pick their writers” – What’s On Stage

“Thrillingly theatrical” ★★★★  – The Guardian (Tyrrell-Pinder’s production of NARVIK)

“A mighty miniature” – ★★★★ The Times (Box of Tricks’ PLASTIC FIGURINES)

“A theatre company to watch” – The Stage

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Please note: this is a Parent and Baby performance and is designed ONLY for parents, grandparents and carers attending with babies aged 12 months and under. More information on our Parent and Baby Programme can be found here.

Our family programme is supported by:   


  • £12.50 full / conc. available