About Us

Catch Penny Twist

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.


Tinderbox Dramaturg wins prestigious Kenneth Tynan Award

Posted on 25 October 2016 in Dramaturgy

Tinderbox Dramaturg Hanna Slättne was awarded the prestigious Kenneth Tynan Award at a ceremony in London on Sunday evening.  The award was presented to her by playwright Mark Ravenhill and is a biannual event hosted by the Dramaturgs’ Network. Penny Black, the president of The Dramaturgs’ Network in announcing the award quobted from some of […]

STATE OF THE ARTS workshop – MANY STORIES:DIFFERENT VOICES – playing with polyvocality

Posted on 14 August 2016 in Dramaturgy

MANY STORIES:DIFFERENT VOICES is a professional workshop for theatre makers. It’s a 2 day practical workshop and participants will work in groups to develop materials, structure them and come up with a production concept, so some experience in making work for audiences is helpful.
We are looking for writers, performers, storytellers, directors and/or choreographers.
Click on post for further details.

OPEN CALL for writers and theatremakers during September

Posted on 11 August 2016 in Dramaturgy

Tinderbox is very excited to offer two different opportunities; for playwrights and for theatremakers, to make a submission through our OPEN CALL during the month of September 2016. The window is open from the 1st of September until midnight on Monday 26th of September.

For details click on this post

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