• SparkPlug

Event Details

Tue 19 Mar - Wed 20 Mar

Time: 7.45pm

Running Time: 70 minutes (no interval)

Venue: Studio

Ticket Information: £10

Age Recommendations: 14+

Warning: Contains language that some may find offensive.

Book Tickets


Producer: Box Of Tricks Theatre

Writer: David Judge

Directed by: Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder

Designed by: Katie Scott

Lighting Designed by: Richard Owen

Sound Designed by: Chris James

Performed by: David Judge


“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.

"Punchy, poetic and provocative." ★★★★ Northern Soul

"This play is outstanding from start to finish. You need to see it.” ★★★★★ A Younger Theatre

"Intensely moving and beautifully performed, SparkPlug is a play that rewards attention.” ★★★★ Reviews Hub