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.

News

360° Script Writing Festival returns in January 2015

Posted on 15 December 2014 in Dramaturgy

The annual 3-day festival, crammed full of workshops and talks on all aspects of scriptwriting across TV, Radio, Theatre and Film, returns to Belfast on the 28th, 29th and 30th of January. Writers speaking at 360° 2015 include: Stuart Carolan, Peter McKenna, Eoin McNamee, Abbie Spallen and Toby Whithouse. There will also be introductions to the Space Open Call, the Bruntwood […]

A new project with Belfast City Council

Posted on 7 October 2014 in Outreach

Tinderbox is putting together an exciting new project with Belfast City Council and Unite Against Hate. The project is designed to create a short devised theatre piece, to be performed at City Hall in November.

Playwriting – making it work, getting it on

Posted on 6 October 2014 in Dramaturgy

Tinderbox Dramaturg Hanna Slattne joins a panel on supporting new work and playwrights at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin this week.  The event ‘Playwriting – making it work, getting it on’, is organised by the Stewart Parker Trust and is chaired by Sean Rocks presenter of Arena the Arts and Entertainment programme on RTE […]

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