Tinderbox Theatre, Belfast


Dynamic new plays that resonate with audiences in Belfast, Northern Ireland and beyond

The Virgin Father returns March 2016

Seven years after its first production, award winning playwright Jimmy Mceleavey’s superb one man play returns for a limited tour across northern Ireland followed by a weeks run at the Lyric theatre.

Brilliantly portrayed by Stewart Ennis and beautifully designed by Ciaran Bagnall, The Virgin Father is a love story about the temptation to believe…

” My wife disappeared two years ago…I’ve never gone out and looked for her. If I started, I wouldn’t stop” 

For full production and tour details and how to book click on this link

Tinderbox is 25!

We recently celebrated our 25 year anniversary, and to celebrate we created a short video of many of our productions. We hope you enjoy this trip through the archives, and many thanks to everyone who worked with us on the journey. We tried very hard to make sure we included everyone in the final credits, […]


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Innovative programmes to nurture and support playwrights and the plays they want to write

Fireworks 2015 Young Writers announced

We are very happy to announce our line-up of young writers for this year’s Fireworks programme: Ryan Brown, Rebecca Crawford, Thomas Hislop, Caitlin Magnall-Kearns, Sean McKibbon, Rebecca Robson. We will be working with this talented group for the next five months as they develop original new work inspired by workplaces, people and locations across Belfast. […]

Script reading service suspended

It is with regret that Tinderbox has to suspend its free script reading service until further notice. We know how valuable this resource was to writers across Northern Ireland and beyond, but due to the recent funding cuts we currently do not have the resources to read and provide professional written feedback on all the scripts submitted.

We will be exploring new models of working and supporting writers and theatremakers from and living in Northern Ireland, so we still want to hear from you as we embark on many exciting upcoming projects. The Tinderbox Dramaturg Hanna Slattne will continue to be an integral part of all our processes and can be contacted by emailing hanna.slattne@tinderbox.org.uk.


Versatile and specialised activities bringing the community to the arts, and the arts to the community


Tinderbox Theatre Company has assembled a group of exciting actors for our Convergence Ensemble – an ongoing project working with some of the country’s leading theatre makers

CONNECT Network theatre review blog

The CONNECT Network has set up a blog for reviewing new plays in Northern Ireland, called Scenedocs. The blog has reviewed most recent professional productions – all written by young theatre makers.

CONNECT Network goes live!

Tinderbox Theatre Company has set up a networking hub for those keen to get involved in theatre. The CONNECT Network has an online resource for members and its own reviewing blog. Find out more…