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.



Posted on 4 July 2014 in Outreach

Tinderbox Theatre Company and UAYD are hosting a networking and skills sharing session for drama facilitators this summer.

Sunday 3rd August 2014, 2.00 to 5.30pm at the new Tinderbox Rehearsal Rooms in Belfast


Posted on 16 May 2014 in Dramaturgy

We are very happy to announce our line-up of young writers for this year’s Fireworks programme: Kathryn Jenkins, Terry McCartan, Susannah McKenna, Christopher Moore, Holly Murdock, Shannen O’Doherty and Joanna Robinson.

We will be working with this talented group for the next five months as they develop original new work. Their scripts will be presented in a rehearsed reading with professional actors at the end of September, in what is always a great night of theatre.
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Summertime shortlisted for the Zebbie Award

Posted on 30 April 2014 in Dramaturgy

David Ireland’s play Summertime, produced in October 2013 has been shortlisted for the Writers Guild of Ireland’s Zebbie Awards 2014. Summertime is shortlisted in the playscript category. David’s play Everything Between Us, which went on to win the Meyer …

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