Manchester theatre company Box of Tricks brings award-winning playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill’s moving and touchingly funny new play Plastic Figurines to Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold from May 14-16.

This follows the critical success of the company’s first national tour in 2013 with rising star Tom Morton-Smith’s In Doggerland, whose new play Oppenheimer is currently wowing audiences and critics alike at the RSC,

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 18th 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, designed by award-winning designer Katie Scott (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Studio Design Prize), lighting by Richard Owen and sound designed by Chris James.

The play will be the first associate producer role within the company for Amy Fisher who has been chosen as one of the BBC Performing Arts Fund’s Fellows and 32 to watch in 2015.

The two-hander will feature Jamie Samuel (Jumpers for Goalposts, Paines Plough, Hull Truck and Watford Palace – winner of Best Actor at Off West End Awards 2014) and Remmie Milner (Melody Loses Her Mojo, Liverpool Playhouse and Curve Leicester).

Playwright Ella Carmen Greenhill was a writer-on-attachment with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and a writer-in-residence with Paines Plough, in collaboration with Channel 4.

She has recently been named as one of the Theatre503’s 503Five playwrights and a winner of Coronation Street’s Original Voices scheme. Her most recent play Made in Britain premiered at The Old Lion Theatre in January.

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, whilst 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.”

Director Adam Quayle added: “Plastic Figurines is a beautifully measured, universal piece of writing - by turns funny and moving - that unflinchingly explores what it is to be human.”

The production is the second national touring production for Manchester-based Box of Tricks, a theatre company that champions the next generation of playwrights.

Plastic Figurines will conclude its national tour in Mold from May 14-16. Call 01352 701521 or visit