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

Fireworks Young Writers Showcase 29th of September

Posted on 18 September 2014 in Dramaturgy

Big subjects, exotic worlds, complex situations, supernatural stirrings. 

Tinderbox is proud to present 6 short new plays by our 6 Young Writers taking part of Fireworks this year: Kathryn Jenkins, Terry McCartan, Susannah McKenna, Christopher Moore, Holly Murdock and Shannen O’Doherty

The showcase is taking place at the Brian Friel Theatre at Queens on Monday 29th September, 7.30pm.

Tickets are free but limited so please book in advance:

TEL: (028) 9043 93 13

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

 

UNHOME by Jimmy McAleavey

Posted on 3 September 2014 in Productions

We are very excited to be producing Jimmy McAleavey’s latest play UNHOME at the MAC in November. This gripping and often terrifying exploration of family, fear and foreboding, will open Upstairs at the MAC on Tuesday 11th November and run until Saturday 22nd November.

FACILITATORS’ LOUNGE

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

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