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.


Tinderbox is recruiting!

Posted on 15 April 2016 in Productions

Tinderbox Theatre Company is looking for an Artistic Director and a Producer to work with the existing team and take the company into a new era. Both posts will be offered on a 0.6 contract (three-day week) that we will seek to augment with successful project funding.
For more details and how to get an application pack, please click on this post.
Closing date for completed applications: Friday 29th April

Fireworks Showcase 22nd and 23rd March

Posted on 3 March 2016 in Dramaturgy

FIREWORKS Young Writers Showcase

5 brand new 10 minute plays created for Belfast

5 up-and-coming Northern Irish writing talents

Tinderbox’s flag ship young writers programme returns in a new exciting version funded by the Belfast City Council. Creating a portrait of the city and the people living and working here across the 5 different pieces.

22nd and 23rd of March, 7.30pm at the MAC Upstairs

Tickets are free but limited so please book in advance:

TEL: (028) 9043 93 13

E-mail: hanna.slattne@tinderbox.org.uk

For more info click on this post


Posted on 1 March 2016 in Uncategorized

You Are Here is a showcase of new work from the in-house actors ensemble of Tinderbox Theatre Company’s CONNECT programme. The CONVERGENCE ENSEMBLE has been developing new writing for performance since its formation in September 2015, and now presents work for the first time. Shows take place over three nights: 11th to 13th March, at the Crescent Arts Centre, The Barracks, and the Sunflower Public House.

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