By Joanne Thomson

Part of 37 Plays, a national playwriting project to create a series of 37 brand new plays that reflect the world we live in today.


When Kingmead Police Department receives the ultimate severed virtue signal in a box, they’re forced to come to their own reckonings of what justice should look like. Embroiled in sheer dystopian impracticality, Jack in a Box is one giant metaphor for the failings of our justice system when it comes to sexual assault. Told through the eyes of Barbara, the receptionist, this is a rare insight into the farcical social agreement to suppress your trauma and keep going in everyday rooms. It’s the processing; both before and after the big stuff. Think The Office meets Promising Young Woman. I want it to be an anthem; a tonic for the troops that are going through it and an insight for those on the sides.

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Playwright age category: 18+


Pippa Hill, RSC New Work Team

"This play is potent, political and extraordinary. It's as dark as it is funny - uniquely brillliant."

About the playwright

Joanne Thomson is an Actor, Writer and Director from Glasgow. As a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate and a BAFTA US Newcomer, she has worked with some of the country's most-loved theatre, starred in multiple BAFTA-winning series and has directed internationally award-winning theatre. Her writing has made the BBC Writer’s Room Top 2% and won C21’s coveted screenwriting award. Her queer, geriatric adventure pilot Spinner & Marie is currently under option with HBO’s ex-Senior VP Anne Thomopolous and her debut short film is currently short-listed for BFI funding. Jack in a Box is her first play and she’s hoping to secure a funded R&D this year to develop it further.

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