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 the creation of new work for the theatre, the artists 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 work for the theatre, and runs a year-round Outreach Programme in schools and communities across Northern Ireland and a theatre training school.

The company performs in various venues in Belfast, and tours its productions across Northern Ireland and beyond. 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 work in the theatre, and has devised a number of initiatives in this area. See our Productions 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 works with Equity approved contracts and has charitable status.


The Man Who Fell to Pieces

Posted on 1 August 2017 in Uncategorized

The Man Who Fell to Pieces – Casting Opportunity   Tinderbox Theatre Company February 2018   Tinderbox Theatre Company are casting for their February 2018 production; The Man Who Fell to Pieces which will perform at The MAC followed by a regional tour across Northern Ireland. The Man Who Fell to Pieces is a highly physical […]

Bon Voyage to our Dramaturg Hanna Slattne

Posted on 31 May 2017 in Dramaturgy

      After 13 phenomenal years, Dramaturg Hanna Slӓttne is leaving Tinderbox. There is no doubt Hanna’s commitment and passion to the arts has been a powerhouse for writers in Northern Ireland. Her sincere dedication to new writing has provided innumerable opportunities, mentorship and programmes to emerging and established playwrights, with much of the […]


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, […]

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