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 Relaxed performance designed for people with autism spectrum conditions and their families. For this specific performance we will tone down any loud noises and lighting effects, the auditorium lights will be on low, you can move in and out of the theatre and there will be a relaxed attitude to noise and movement. More information on our Relaxed events can be found here.