The Tinderbox Writers Lab 2013 is a collaboration with the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queens University. This Lab will bring together four writers and a team of sonic artists under the guidance of Justin Yang and Hanna Slattne to explore how dramatic narratives can be told through the unique facilities at SARC. The four writers that will explore how to create a soundbased and visceral experience for their audience are Colin Bell, Mick Duke, Rosemary Jenkinson and Jimmy McAleavey and it all kicks of in the middle of May.
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.
Last month Tinderbox and the Children’s Law Centre staged Opening Doors at the MAC attended by Northern Ireland Education minister John O’Dowd.
Tinderbox Young Writers Programme Fireworks is now open for applications. If you are a 16-25 and interested in writing for the stage, this is a great opportunity to work with a professional team to gain experience, develop your skills and your ideas. The application deadline is May 1st.
For more information and the programme outline follow this link