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Presented by Box of Tricks
Written 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?

An 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 poetic, energetic one-man show that examines what family means in today’s society. Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Best New Play of the Year 2017.


SparkPlug Reviews


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  'SparkPlug is a well-written, well-conceived and impressively executed new play...don’t miss it.' North West End

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 'A punchy, poetic and provocative play' Northern Soul

“A well-told, detailed story, all told in a warm-hearted and often very funny way… Compellingly performed… A lovingly crafted story that has been turned into a really interesting piece of theatre that is well worth seeing.”   British Theatre Guide




  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund


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