Box Of Tricks Theatre
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.

“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?

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.


Writer: David Judge
Director: Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder
Set & Costume Design: Katie Scott
Lighting Design: Richard Owen
Sound Design: Chris James
Associate Producer: Max Emmerson
Set Construction: Carl Heston
Production Manager: Adam Steed, Liam Whittaker
Photography: Alex Mead @Decoy Media
Venue: Home MCR & Tour
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