Tinderbox and the JSDP as Academic case study

Posted on 7 July 2010 in Dramaturgy

The role and impact of Tinderbox dramaturg Hanna Slattne and the Joint Sectoral Dramaturgy Project have been the subject of an article for Contemporary Theatre Review written by Professor Mary Luckhurst at York University.

Tinderbox is delighted that the very innovative and unique project has attracted the interest from Prof Luckhurst who is the author of the groundbreaking book Dramaturgy: A Revolution in Theatre. The project which is initiated and administered by Tinderbox and funded by the Arts Council Northern Ireland is now in its 5th year. It has benefited theatre companies and theatre productions across Northern Ireland by allowing practitioners to develop and test their ideas before going into rehearsals. An independent study found that the fund is an extremely cost effective way to enhance the quality of the work and to develop new ways of working in Northern Ireland. Prof. Luckhurst reflects in her conclusion that the JSDP and having a dedicated dramaturg accelerate the speed of change and facilitates the collaborative structures and interdisciplinary impetus to support innovative work.

The article can be found in Contemporary Theatre Review Vol 20 (2) and is called ‘Dramaturgy and Agendas of Change: Tinderbox and the Joint Sectoral Dramaturgy Project’