Plastic Figurines

Box of Tricks
Studio Theatre
Saturday 9 May 2015
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"a superbly directed piece crafted and entwined with comfortable grace"
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"Mum told me that there was something in his brain that was different, she said that he liked to put his toys in lines and that was a symptom or whatever. I used to go in his room and see all his stuffed animals in a line and I’d mess them up. I’d mess the line up."

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. But 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 the playwright's own life, Plastic Figurines is a funny and moving new play that explores the relationship between siblings with very different views of the world.

Recommended age 14+

Recently nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award, Box of Tricks is a theatre company committed to the next generation of new writing. Playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill is a former writer-on-attachment at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Paines Plough.

“A theatre company to watch” The Stage

"This new hour-long two-hander by the rising young writer Ella Carmen Greenhill blazes with rage and frustration... A gripping work from a talent of tremendous promise." ???? The Times (on Made in Britain)

“Box of Tricks know how to pick their writers… A touching and funny play” ???? What’s On Stage (In Doggerland Tour)

“Ella Greenhill’s Plastic Figurines explores illness, loss and grief through sibling relationships… A poignant and affecting piece" Exeunt (Word:Play Tour)


Guilt, Grief, and Growing Up - Interview with Playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill and Director Adam Quayle - A Younger Theatre

Interview with Playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill on BBC Radio Four's Women's Hour (Interview is 20 minutes in)

Autism Initiatives Blog

BBC Radio Liverpool Interview (Interview is 1 hour in)

British Theatre Guide Podcast