About Us

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Chris Glover in Catch Penny Twist 1990

Tinderbox Theatre Company is based in Belfast. Formed in 1988, it is one of Northern Ireland’s longest established and most respected independent theatre companies. Tinderbox is dedicated to new writing for the theatre, the playwrights who create it, and the artistic environment in which its work takes place.

Tinderbox produces two to three productions per year, carries out a range of initiatives to develop new writing for the theatre, and runs a year-round Outreach Programme in schools and communities across Northern Ireland.

The company performs in various venues in Belfast, and tours its productions across Ireland. Tinderbox has performed sell-out seasons in London and Edinburgh and recently performed at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. The company aims to develop a wider audience for new writing in the theatre, and has devised a number of initiatives in this area. See our Productions page.

The company employs a full time Dramaturg, the only post of its kind in Northern Ireland. The Dramaturg leads activities aimed specifically at the development of high quality new theatre writing, from responding to the scripts received by Tinderbox to supporting the work of professional playwrights under commission. See our Dramaturgy page.

Tinderbox has developed a highly acclaimed Outreach Programme, which offers workshops, training, participative projects, and tailor made resource packs to schools, community groups and individuals across the north of Ireland. The company also offers training and support for those interested in leading drama based workshops, in a variety of settings. See our Outreach page.

Maria Connolly and Miche Doherty in This Other City 2009

Maria Connolly and Miche Doherty in This Other City 2009

Tinderbox works alongside other companies to create a vibrant theatre culture that attracts and develops new talent and new audiences. The company is strongly committed to its local theatre community, prioritising employment opportunities for locally based actors, writers, directors, designers, stage managers, technicians, administrators and other theatre practitioners. Tinderbox is an Independent Theatre Council/British Actors Equity Approved Management and has charitable status.


SMALL TALK workshop for theatre makers in Cathedral Quarters Arts Festival

Posted on 30 March 2017 in Dramaturgy

The next offering from STATE OF THE ARTS programme is SMALL TALK; a practical two day workshop for theatre makers on creating small, tour-able work.
The workshop is part of the Cathedral Quarters Arts Festival and takes place 3rd and 4th May.
Deadline: 12 noon Tuesday 18th of April.
For more information and how to apply click on this post.

Take Away Theatre double bill in Cathedral Quarters Arts Festival

Posted on 8 March 2017 in Productions

Tinderbox is delighted to introduce our first TAKE AWAY THEATRE artists Abby Oliveira and Sarah Lyle. We are very excited to present a Take Away Theatre Double bill in the Cathedral Quarters Festival 2017. For the last few months Abby and Sarah have created innovative, exciting and cutting edge pieces of work and we would […]


Posted on 21 February 2017 in Uncategorized

After 3 years of our hugely successful CONNECT Programme, the final show is here: Convergence.

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