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.