Tinderbox Theatre Company is delighted to announce two new team members: Patrick J O’Reilly as Artistic Director and Jen Shepherd as Producer. Patrick J O’Reilly has a proven and impressive track record as a director, writer and performer both internationally and in Ireland. He brings an exciting new artistic vision to the company of making extraordinary, […]
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.
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.
IMPULSE TO MAKE – intense and spontaneous creation for theatre makers
A physical and dramaturgical workshop for theatre makers interested in improvisation and in making groundbreaking, beautiful work with integrity in a week.
Patrick O’Reilly and Hanna Slättne will be sharing the process, the learning points and tools used to create IGNITION. The workshop will stir the imagination, create new connections and explore new ways of working.
Date: 18th June, 11 – 5 pm
Location: The MAC
How to apply: please send a paragraph about your work and what excites you about this opportunity and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st of June. The workshop is free but spaces limited.
Tinderbox Theatre Company is delighted to announce Patrick J O’Reilly’s first innovative production as Artistic Director of Northern Ireland’s premier company for new work.
IGNITION is a fast paced ambitious theatre making project, not for the faint hearted.
Tinderbox has invited 4 performers to collaborate, innovate and create a new ground breaking piece of work in five days.
IGNITION celebrates the passion, the agility and the professionalism in Northern Irish theatre.
Performances: 17th and 18th June 2016 at 8 pm