Ignition 2018

Tinderbox are delighted to return to The MAC with their ambitious Ignition programme

The Play Machine is fully charged. Five days to create an explosive performance. Just for you.

Last night you whispered something just as I was falling asleep I should have written it down by morning time that kind of stuff is always gone that kind of stuff is born and dies within a second.

Tickets: https://themaclive.com/event/ignition-2018

Fri 8 Jun – 7:00pm
Sat 9 Jun – 4:00pm

Director: Patrick J O’Reilly

Producer: Jen Shepherd


Alan in Belfast

“Ignition is a promising format. A sustained burst of creativity tested out on an audience before complacency can set in. A different cast and we’d have a totally discrete show. A different line of inspiration and we’d have been transported to a totally new destination. Nerve-racking for the company, pretty nerve-racking for the audience too. Not a bad way to light up an evening.”


Hubert and the Yes Sock! Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2018

Tinderbox return this May with an exciting new play by Dan Leith …

Hubert Caulfield leads a solitary life. Overlooked at work, friendless, and unlucky in love. He is desperate for a change and to fit in. Could a mysterious confidence giving sock be the answer to all his problems?  

Tinderbox provides the invaluable opportunity for local artists to create and develop their own ideas through our Take Away Theatre programme and we are delighted to present Hubert and Yes Sock by the brilliant Dan Leith as part of CQAF 2018.

This production is suitable for ages 16+

Come and celebrate being different with Hubert and the Yes Sock….

Take Away Theatre

Bite-sized theatre with super-sized stories.

Director: Patrick J O’Reilly

Producer: Erika Clark and Jen Shepherd

Writer/Performer Dan Leith

Performer Keith Singleton


Contact Us


028 9043 9313

Tinderbox Theatre Company

Crescent Arts Centre

2-4 University Road



The Man Who Fell to Pieces – February 2018

Tinderbox Theatre Company presents a comedy dealing with the profound themes of Mental Health in Northern Ireland….

We face a mental health crisis in Northern Ireland.  We have a 25% higher prevalence of mental health problems than England, and seem to be failing to find a solution. This year, the arts community has been shattered by the loss of too many of our friends and colleagues to suicide.

Tinderbox want to do something.  And that is to do what we do best. Create theatre.  We see on a daily basis how access to creativity and imagination has a direct impact on mental health and studies are now backing up what we know to be true.

After taking over as Artistic Director of Tinderbox in 2016, Writer and Director, Patrick J. O’Reilly (Here We Lie, Famla, What We’re Made of) is proud to present this production, which he has been working on since 2011, and it is based on his own mental health experiences. It is a physical, imaginative piece of theatre that watches the character of John fall apart, literally. The Man Who Fell to Pieces celebrates what it means to be broken.

For this production Tinderbox are delighted to partner with Prime Cut Productions and The MAC to present EdgeFest in February/March 2018; a 3-week festival of explosive new theatre by leading theatre companies, that dares to take us to the very edge of who we are. Prime Cut Productions present two plays, Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful (15th Feb – 1st Mar) and East Belfast Boy (16th Feb – 2nd Mar) with a double bill of both running 17th – 3rd March. We are honoured to collaborate on Edgefest and help draw attention to mental health in Northern Ireland.

Speaking about the production and Edgefest Patrick J. O’Reilly said:

‘I am delighted to be given the opportunity to create The Man Who Fell to Pieces as part of the Edge fest. The story explores my personal struggle in dealing with Depression and the immense power of the Imagination to not only deal with the complexities of life but celebrate the beauty and fragility of being human. The Man Who Fell to Pieces will inspire, entertain and most importantly shine a light on Strength and Hope.  I am very grateful to the Arts Council, Belfast City Council, Foyle Foundation and D’oyly Carte for their invaluable support.’

The Man Who Fell to Pieces, is written and directed by Tinderbox’s Artistic Director, Patrick J. O’Reilly, with stage design by Ciaran Bagnall and music by Katie Richardson and stars a number of NI’s leading actors; Shaun Blaney, Roisin Gallagher, Maria Connolly and Patrick Buchanan. It opens at The MAC, Belfast, on 6th February followed by a full NI regional tour to The Alley, Strabane; Riverside, Coleraine, Cushendall Golf Club, Anrtim; The Craic Arts Centre, Coalisland and Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick. (see below for dates)

On top of the regional tour Tinderbox are proud to announce their first IN8 Outreach Programme as part of this production. Tinderbox will take this play to groups who wouldn’t otherwise have a platform to explore these problems through creativity or attend theatre performances.  In this programme Tinderbox will be taking the production to residential care homes, Magilligan Prison, Inspire Residential Homes, Woodvale Community Centre and a community evening hosted at The Strand Arts Centre in East Belfast. These groups will be offered post-show workshops exploring the issues of the play and the themes of confidence, empowerment and hope – all of which can provide armour against the mental health demons.


For more information and to inquire about interviews/ photo calls please contact:

Nicola Abernethy





Venue Locations and Tour Dates

The MAC, Belfast

6th-10th February at 8pm
Matinee performances 10th-11th February at 2:30pm

Tickets: 028 9023 5053 / themaclive.com

16th February at 8pm

Tickets: 028 7138 4444 / alley-theatre.com
20th February at 8pm

£15/£12 conc.
Tickets: 028 7012 3123 / riversidetheatre.org.uk


21st February at 8pm

Tickets: 028 2177 1318 / Tickets on door


22nd February at 8pm

Tickets: 028 8774 1100 / craicartscentre.co.uk

23rd February at 8pm

£12/£10 conc.
Tickets: 028 4461 0747 / downartscentre.com