Reviews

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“Funny, entertaining, a wee bit sexy, a wee bit political and a whole lot worth going to see”
(Belfast Times)

 ”brilliant, witty and thought-provoking, combining Tinderbox’s ineffable stagecraft with Jenkinson’s lemon-sharp script and a set that should not be nearly as subtly effective as it is”
(Culture NI)

 

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“guts, humour, feel-good riffs, lovable characters and an excellent number . . . which should be released as a single
(Newsletter)

Huzzies in The Mac…plain and simple, loved the writing, loved the acting, loved the music, you must see it
(Belfast Times)

 

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….one of Tinderbox’s biggest ever projects… a significant achievement… intensely thought-provoking….full of powerful acting and unflinching insightsguidelines branding
(Irish Theatre Magazine)

“Bone- chilling… Stunning and shockingly resonant”
(Newsletter)

“Dazzling… visually striking production”
(Belfast Telegraph)

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“There is a shared urgency and vision to the panels of this post-Troubles triptych….acutely contemporary parallels….flashes of razor sharp wit”
(Culture NI)

“Refreshes an audience bored with shying away from truth in theatre. The voices of Bell, Ireland and McCann cut close to the bone”
(Irish Theatre Magazine)

God’s Country
“Exposes the bigotry inherent in the structure and politics of Northern Ireland…We are transfixed”
(Irish Theatre Magazine)

Everything Between Us
Bleakly funny, powerful and emotionally violent
(Culture NI)

“David Ireland’s writing is an assault on our state of denial. Humour is dark and controlled, language is vulgar and silence is deafening”
(Irish Theatre Magazine)

“Taut and affecting new play. You really can’t take your eyes off it”
(Washington Post)

The Cleanroom
“A fine balance is struck between high-tension and moments of explosive drama”
(Irish Theatre Magazine)

The Sign of the Whale

Sign of the Whale“One of the best plays to emerge from our fertile little corner of the theatre world in quite a while”
(Culture Northern Ireland)

“Flashes of theatrical brilliance in this play of ideas”
(Irish Times)

“An interesting and original new voice in Northern Irish writing”
(BBC Radio Ulster Arts Extra)

“Played to perfection by Miche Doherty”
(Belfast Telegraph, City Edition)

“A spectacle as powerful and profound as theatre can be”
(Culture Northern Ireland)

“The cast, led by a mesmeric Miche Doherty as Dermy, are excellent. Michael Condron is also deserving of special mention for laying on a virtuoso bumper pack of diffuse supporting characters, both real and imagined and including one Whistlin’ Ian Paisley (to give him his authentic blues name)”
(Culture Northern Ireland)

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“One of the most powerful productions of the year.”
(Belfast Telegraph)

“Young people today are marginalised, victimised and often misunderstood. In seeking to engage with them in an honest, non-judgemental way, Sleep Eat Party has achieved something truly laudable – theatre that is socially conscious, truthful and entertaining.”
(Culture NI)

“A stunning cast… The performances are so strong. They are like a breath of fresh air, five relatively new names”

“Incredibly strong direction on the part of Mick Duke….an important play”
(BBC Radio Ulster)

“The ensemble of engaging characters who, under Michael Duke’s sensitive direction, move with almost balletic grace through Ciaran Bagnall’s hard edged, softly flowing steel-and-wire set.”
(Irish Times)

This Other City

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“A beautifully crafted gem; understated yet intense, intelligent yet greatly entertaining.”
(Sunday Times)

“This Other City never fails to engage or entertain with its mix of serious issues and black humour.”
(Newsletter, Belfast)

Bruised

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“Tinderbox can always be relied on to make you think…this is a very special play…it’s chilling, it’s complex, it’s enthralling…challenging entertainment”
(Irish News)

Choking the Butterfly

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“Sensitive and moving…an impressive debut…that packed plenty of punch”
(Belfast Telegraph)

Girls and Dolls

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“Beautifully written and sensitively observed…much to admire in this smooth-as-silk Tinderbox production”
(Irish Times)

Family Plot

Family Plot

“…mischievous, subversive vision of Daragh Carville…”
(The Stage)

Revenge

Revenge

“It is a play that poses massive questions about whether it is any more achievable to escape the past than it is to undo it… a production with extraordinary finesse… it is glorious, fearless stuff…”
(The Times)

The Chairs

The Chairs

“Riveting, mesmeric, startlingly accomplished performances…superb”
(Newsletter)

Caught Red Handed

Caught Red Handed

“This is cleverly written, finely produced theatre”
(Sunday Tribune)

Convictions

Convictions

“One of the most vivid and original experience I’ve had in the theatre”
(Mark Lawson, BBC Radio 4)

Ruby

Ruby

“Always entertaining and affecting. It should be very popular and rightly so”
(Irish Times)