Tinderbox Theatre, Belfast


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

Tinderbox is recruiting!

  PRODUCER (Maternity Cover) We are looking for an enthusiastic person with a minimum of three years’ theatrical management and planning experience, who can support the Artistic Director and deal with the day to day demands of a thriving multi stranded theatre company. The successful applicant will be able to manage complex theatre projects and […]

Ignition returns to the MAC

IGNITION 2017 Spark the Imagination 6 days – 1 choreographer – 2 dancers – 1 idea After the roaring success of last years IGNITION in which Patrick J O’Reilly devised a show in a week, We have invited choreographer Eileen McCrory to lead this years IGNITION. For this fast paced ambitious performance project, Eileen will […]

Tinderbox Announce Patrick O’Reilly as AD and Jen Shepherd as Producer

Tinderbox Theatre Company is delighted to announce two new team members: Patrick J O’Reilly as Artistic Director and Jen Shepherd as Producer. Patrick J O’Reilly has a proven and impressive track record as a director, writer and performer both internationally and in Ireland.  He brings an exciting new artistic vision to the company of making extraordinary, […]


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

Bon Voyage to our Dramaturg Hanna Slattne

      After 13 phenomenal years, Dramaturg Hanna Slӓttne is leaving Tinderbox. There is no doubt Hanna’s commitment and passion to the arts has been a powerhouse for writers in Northern Ireland. Her sincere dedication to new writing has provided innumerable opportunities, mentorship and programmes to emerging and established playwrights, with much of the […]

Workshop in Physical Storytelling 10th of June

  We are excited to offer a full day practical and physical workshop for theatre makers exploring the potential of  physicality in storytelling.   The workshop will be facilitated by Patrick O’Reilly and Eileen McClory and is aimed for actors, dancers, directors and writers who are interested in different ways of physical expression as part […]

Tinderbox Dramaturg wins prestigious Kenneth Tynan Award

Tinderbox Dramaturg Hanna Slättne was awarded the prestigious Kenneth Tynan Award at a ceremony in London on Sunday evening.  The award was presented to her by playwright Mark Ravenhill and is a biannual event hosted by the Dramaturgs’ Network. Penny Black, the president of The Dramaturgs’ Network in announcing the award quoted from some of […]

STATE OF THE ARTS – a new Tinderbox initiative

Tinderbox is launching a whole new raft of opportunities for theatre makers in Northern Ireland to make work, develop ideas, explore style and process – and above all finding the unique and original potential in their projects. The State Of The Arts Workshops will provide a safe space to explore, push boundaries and get support […]


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

Tinderbox launch PLAY MACHINE

Tinderbox is delighted to launch their unique theatre training programme Play Machine from September 2017. Play Machine is a training school for performers, writers and theatre makers wishing to engage with multi-disciplinary art forms and devising processes to create new work for local and International audiences.
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      After three momentous years, the CONNECT Programme, Tinderbox’s long term participatory project, finally ended with three performances of Convergence, featuring our own Convergence Ensemble, and two further rounds of our highly successful diversity project One World, in Derry City and Strabane District, and Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Council areas. Over three years, […]