Tinderbox Writers Win Major Awards

Posted on 28 March 2011 in Dramaturgy

Hanna Slattne, David Ireland and Jimmy McAleavey with Lynne Parker, Artistic Director of Rough Magic (centre) and Gilly Campbell, Arts Council Northern Ireland (far right) at the awards ceremony in Dublin

Tinderbox Theatre Company achieved unprecedented success when both Jimmy McAleavey and David Ireland won Stewart Parker Trust Awards at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Jimmy McAleavey was awarded the New Playwright Bursary, while David Ireland won the BBC Radio Drama Award. This is the first time that any theatre company has claimed both major awards in one year.

Artistic Director Michael Duke said after the announcement, “Stewart Parker is an inspiration to playwrights in Ireland, so it is a special honour for Jimmy and David to win these awards. It is also a tribute to the long term investment Tinderbox makes in its relationships with both emerging and established playwrights.”

Tinderbox produced their plays concurrently in the spring of 2010, with Everything Between Us by David Ireland opening in Philadelphia on 11th March, and Jimmy McAleavey’s The Sign of the Whale having its premier one night later in the Baby Grand Studio in Belfast. Everything Between Us subsequently appeared in Tinderbox’s award winning True North season at the Crescent Arts Centre, and has now been booked to play at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow in May.

Both productions were developed through Arts Council of Northern Ireland initiatives including the Joint Sectoral Dramaturgy Project, the Professional Arts Abroad Scheme and National Lottery Project Funding.

Tinderbox has previously produced four Stewart Parker Award winning plays – by Daragh Carville, Joseph Crilly, Tim Loane and Lisa McGee.