Tinderbox Theatre, Belfast


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

Lally the Nyuck

The Tinderbox team is delighted to be starting work on Abbie Spallen’s new play Lally the Nyuck on 24th March. We will be welcoming Nika McGuigan, Carol Moore, Miche Doherty, Paul Mallon, Michael Condron, Mary Moulds, Tara Lynne O’Neill, Richard Clements, Alan McKee, Ivan Little, Ian Beattie and Gerard McCabe to a week-long development and rehearsed reading of Abbie’s epic and hugely original play.

Abbie Spallen has recently been honoured with an Arts Council of Northern Ireland Major Individual Artist Award

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 …

Mailing List

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

Applications for Fireworks Young Writers Programme now open

Are you an aspiring stage writer aged 18 to 25? Check out the Fireworks 2014. Tinderbox Young Writers Programme takes you through a 6 months journey from idea to performance draft, developing your skills in writing for the stage as well as understanding theatre. Deadline for application is 1st of May.

To find out more and the full schedule click here Firework 2014

Pick ‘n’ Mix 2014 Call For Proposals

The busiest theatre festival in the year is returning to the MAC at the end of June. Pick ‘n’ Mix is a weekend-long festival and in 2014 it will take place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June with the potential to extend into Monday 30th.

This is the call for a wide range of new and inventive shows: dance, theatre and performance art. The MAC has two theatres and lots of nooks and crannies suitable for more intimate performances and foyer events.

Information for Writers

Click here to find out about how to submit a script to Tinderbox Theatre Company

Please note new submissions guidelines as of June 2012

Click here for the Writers Centre and information about our year round programme for writers


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

Tinderbox appoints new Outreach Director

We are delighted to welcome Don McCamphill, who will join Tinderbox full time in April 2014.

Don will lead Tinderbox’s new three-year CONNECT programme, which is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Don has worked as a drama facilitator …

Opening Doors with the Education Minister

In March Tinderbox and the Children’s Law Centre staged Opening Doors at the MAC attended by Northern Ireland Education minister John O’Dowd.