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

Tinderbox chair David Gould wins Arts Board Member of the Year

Posted on 20 January 2017 in Productions

 A well deserved Arts and Business Award. Huge congratulations to our Chairman David Gould on winning the Arts Board Member of the Year award at this years Arts & Business NI Awards We are grateful for the stability and guidance that David has provided during a challenging couple of years for Tinderbox and look forward […]

Tinderbox presents FAMLA by John McCann

Posted on 20 January 2017 in Productions

Tinderbox is excited to present this haunting, hilarious and heartbreaking new play by John McCann.
Famla challenges the stories we tell ourselves to hide the truth of who we really are.
Catch it at the MAC Date: 21st – 25th March or on tour. For more details click on this post.

Tinderbox Dramaturg wins prestigious Kenneth Tynan Award

Posted on 25 October 2016 in Dramaturgy

Tinderbox Dramaturg Hanna Slättne was awarded the prestigious Kenneth Tynan Award at a ceremony in London on Sunday evening.  The award was presented to her by playwright Mark Ravenhill and is a biannual event hosted by the Dramaturgs’ Network. Penny Black, the president of The Dramaturgs’ Network in announcing the award quoted from some of […]

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