Tinderbox Theatre, Belfast


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

All Through The House – an Alternative Christmas show from Tinderbox

On the back of its roaring success at the 2014 Pick n Mix festival, Tinderbox is delighted to present ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE by Judith King. This riotously funny comedy about a ‘normal’ Belfast family doing Christmas – but not as we know it – has a stellar cast: Mary Jordan, Stephen Beggs, Victoria Armstrong, Maria Connolly, Bernadette Brown and Shaun Blaney. The show is directed by Patrick J O’Reilly and runs at the Crescent Arts Centre from December the 4th.

All Through The House – Director’s Blog

“And finally the festive season is upon us… Reindeer hats and festive crackers, secrets and explosive revelations, burnt Christmas dinners and illicit relationships, family feuds fuelled by alcohol and SingStar is just a little taste of what Tinderbox Theatre Company and the fantastic cast have been playing with in the brilliant play by Judith King. […]

New Era At Tinderbox

NEW ERA AT TINDERBOX After 12 successful years dedicated to the development and production of new Northern Irish writing, Artistic Director Mick Duke and General Manager Kerry Woods, two of Belfast’s most experienced and respected theatre professionals, are moving on. Under their leadership, the company has flourished with a varied and ambitious programme, staging twenty new […]

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…