Celebrating a decade of new play making, Box of Tricks is returning to London’s New Diorama Theatre with Ella Carmen Greenhill’s movingly funny and touching play, Plastic Figurines.
Audiences and critics alike praised this thought-provking drama when it first played the venue last year (read Stage Review’s four star verdict bit.ly/1NXje4L). Since then it has won new audiences from a national tour.
Rose loves her brother Mikey. Mikey loves Rose, Bruce Willis films and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but he hates change.
When their mum is diagnosed with leukaemia, their world is plunged into chaos. Rose returns home to find a very different brother to when she left.
Today is his eighteenth birthday and Rose wants everything to be perfect, but life with Mikey isn’t ever that simple.
Inspired by events in Greenhill’s life, Plastic Figurines is a funny and heartfelt new play that explores autism and the relationship between siblings with very different views of the world.
The production is directed by Box of Tricks’ Joint Artistic Director and co-founder Adam Quayle. The two-hander sees Jamie Samuel (Jumpers for Goalposts, Paines Plough, Hull Truck and Watford Palace – winner of Best Actor at Off West End Awards 2014) reprise his role as Mikey.
He is joined by Vanessa Schofield (credits include The Sisterhood at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, The Borrowers at the New Vic Theatre and The Wizard of Oz at the Lowry Theatre).
Award-winning playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill has been a writer-in-residence with Paines Plough and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.
Last year, she was named as one of Theatre503’s 503Five playwrights and was a winner of ITV’s Original Voices Scheme and is a regular writer for Coronation Street.
Playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill said about the play: “Plastic Figurines is in many ways a very personal play. It is inspired by my own experiences of autism, sibling relationships and losing my mum.
“At the same time it is a complete work of fiction and, while Rose and Michael are very close to my heart, they are not me and my brother.
“During the research process I spoke to a lot of people about their experiences of being close to someone on the autistic spectrum, a great piece I read said ‘If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism’. I think that’s so true and it really gave me the freedom to show my own experience through the play”.
The production launches Manchester-based Box of Tricks’ 10th Anniversary Season and marks their first production to have a full London run since they relocated from London to Manchester in 2012.
Plastic Figurines plays at the New Diorama from September 27-October 22.