Posted on 31 May 2017 in Outreach




After three momentous years, the CONNECT Programme, Tinderbox’s long term participatory project, finally ended with three performances of Convergence, featuring our own Convergence Ensemble, and two further rounds of our highly successful diversity project One World, in Derry City and Strabane District, and Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Council areas.

Over three years, the CONNECT programme delivered over 400 workshops and events to almost 1300 participants, many of them from marginalised groups: people with chronic health problems, those from ethnic minorities, those from the LGBT communities, young people, OAPs, and under-represented communities.

The project resulted in a number of plays being created by communities, and in commissions for several of Northern Ireland’s most important emerging writers, including Marina Hampton (Boundaries), Rebecca Robson (Positive Lives), Susannah McKenna (It’s Time), Abby Oliveira (Here Come the Kronians) and Ryan P Brown (Stand Up). A particular highlight was the formation of the first ever Afro-Northern Irish Community Theatre Company, Um Mundo.

A total of forty-four performances took place of the plays and performance pieces created during the three years of CONNECT, and in total the work will have reached in excess of 1500 beneficiaries.

After three hectic years, CONNECT Director Don Mc Camphill has now left Tinderbox to return to London where he will continue his burgeoning career as a playwright, screenwriter and director.

The project has left a substantial legacy benefit, including the establishment of the Convergence Ensemble, which has given career development to some of NI’s brightest new acting talent, and the soon-to-be-published CONNECT plays book, featuring work by the talented communities and playwrights involved in the project.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those wonderful people who took part in the many projects that were part of CONNECT over the past three years, and hope that you will all continue to be closely engaged with Tinderbox Theatre Company in the long term.