Tinderbox at Sundays in the City

Posted on 7 April 2010 in Dramaturgy

Tinderbox presents AND THEN SHE SMILES by Noel McCann

A rehearsed reading Directed by Des Kennedy with actors Kieran Lagan and John Travers

Sunday 11th April, 1pm at Ulster Hall. £1



A normal day on a normal street in Belfast. Young Frankie and separated Joe leave their houses at the same time to go about their business. As their paths meet, a good deed triggers a set of events which will leave their mark on many families for years to come. Noel McCann’s brilliant new play is a chilling reminder of the impossibility of knowing how others see the world.


Noel McCann was born and educated in West Belfast where he also trained as a teacher. He began his teaching career in Twinbrook but he now lives and works in North Antrim. Noel’s poems, stories and comic strips have appeared in publications including The Salmon, The Big Issue and Small Axe.

His first play, ‘Ireland’s Own’ was read as part of the Linen Hall Library and Tinderbox NEW VOICES series.

And Then She Smiles is his second play to be delivered as a reading.



Des Kennedy is from West Belfast. He trained as a director with Tinderbox Theatre Company, Rough Magic SEEDS, Prime Cut Directors Lab and Old Vic New Voices. He was resident Assistant Director for the Bush Theatre and Royal Court and is currently on the National Theatre Studio Directors Programme. Previous directing credits for Tinderbox include Fireworks 2009 and Scenes from the Big Picture with Solas Nua in Washington DC which was nominated for a Helen Hayes award and named one of the ‘Best Ten Productions of the Decade’ in the Washington Post. Other credits include: Dying City Project Arts Centre, Woman and Scarecrow Solas Nua, Washington DC, Barren Old Vic, Gleaming Dark Trafalgar Studios and Salaam Mr Bush! Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival.