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.


All Through The House – Director’s Blog

Posted on 18 November 2015 in Productions

“And finally the festive season is upon us… Reindeer hats and festive crackers, secrets and explosive revelations, burnt Christmas dinners and illicit relationships, family feuds fuelled by alcohol and SingStar is just a little taste of what Tinderbox Theatre Company and the fantastic cast have been playing with in the brilliant play by Judith King. […]

All Through The House – an Alternative Christmas show from Tinderbox

Posted on 23 October 2015 in Productions

On the back of its roaring success at the 2014 Pick n Mix festival, Tinderbox is delighted to present ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE by Judith King. This riotously funny comedy about a ‘normal’ Belfast family doing Christmas – but not as we know it – has a stellar cast: Mary Jordan, Stephen Beggs, Victoria Armstrong, Maria Connolly, Bernadette Brown and Shaun Blaney. The show is directed by Patrick J O’Reilly and runs at the Crescent Arts Centre from December the 4th.

Fireworks 2015 Young Writers announced

Posted on 20 October 2015 in Dramaturgy

We are very happy to announce our line-up of young writers for this year’s Fireworks programme: Ryan Brown, Rebecca Crawford, Thomas Hislop, Caitlin Magnall-Kearns, Sean McKibbon, Rebecca Robson. We will be working with this talented group for the next five months as they develop original new work inspired by workplaces, people and locations across Belfast. […]

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