Black Box has been a driving force within the Arts across the North West and West Midlands for over three decades.

The company has, and continues, to deliver diverse range of imaginative, accessible and affordable creative services including corporate workshops, touring theatrical productions and educational arts workshops.

Company History

Black Box Theatre Company was founded in 1994 by Ian Moore as a loose association of theatrical members.

In 2006 the company rebranded, becoming  Black Box Creative Communities CIC Ltd, allowing the opportunity to develop funded work to the wider community then, in 2010,  returned to the original name Black Box Theatre Company.

In 2014 the company relocated to Staffordshire and introduced Tracey Boulton to the team as Part Time Administrator

2016 saw links developed with Stoke-on-Trent’s Old Post Office as the company became one of the venues in-house resident producing companies

Artistic Policy

Black Box aims to:

  • provide diverse, imaginative, accessible creative services which endeavour to meet and satisfy customer-client needs.
  • provide artistic excellence, professionalism and relevance.
  • offer flexibility, efficiency and affordability.
  • employ the skills of, and provide opportunities for, local artists and businesses whenever possible.

Artistic Director – Ian Moore

Ian Moore

Ian is a North East-born, Stoke-based director committed to theatre for all. He has a wealth of experience as a director, performer, workshop facilitator and playwright winning awards in Liverpool, Manchester and Buxton.

Founder of Black Box, Ian adapts and (usually) directs their annual Christmas production and has toured with productions of Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin to name but a few.

His work has taken in everything form large-scale musical theatre; Footloose, Guys and Dolls, Godspell, to pantomime; Cinderella, Snow White, adapted works; Dahl Tales, Stories from Hans Christian Anderson, GrimmTales, classic text Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and issue-based workshops and corporate training with The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), Learning + Skills Council, Merseyside Police,  Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Merseyside Fire Service and Knowsley Chamber of Commerce.

He has also worked with The National Theatre, Ambassador Theatre Group, Pleasance Edinburgh, Manchester’s Contact Theatre and Liverpool’s Everyman and Playhouse.


“No school should be without Black Box.”
Headteacher, Prescot Maryville CP School, Knowsley LEA

“…the best schools show I’ve seen in my thirty years teaching.”
English Co-ordinator, Woodhouse Primary, Wirral LEA

“Black Box entertains and captivates a wide range of age and ability. Brilliant!”
Headteacher, St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School, Liverpool LEA

“Magical… through inspired interpretation – that’s the secret of the Black Box.”
English Co-ordinator, Well Lane Primary School, Wirral LEA