Tinderbox Theatre Company is delighted to bring back Jimmy McAleavey’s first play in the original production from 2009.


By Jimmy McAleavey

“Surely you don’t think you failed him?’ Who, me? God’s chosen one? The holy stepfather? Of course I failed him. He’s dead, isn’t he?”

Mary has disappeared. And now Joe is being hunted down. He urgently needs to understand what has happened to his family if he is to save himself….

Joe married the quiet girl in the village even though she was carrying someone else’s child.

He failed to deal with her delusions about the pregnancy, and to keep the boy from joining a cult.

But what could he have done in a land occupied by foreign forces who were targeting their son?

Jimmy McAleavey’s superb monologue is a love story about the temptation to believe…


Michael Duke

Stewart Ennis

Hanna Slättne

Ciaran Bagnall


Tour Dates

Cushendall Golf Club 15th March 8pm

Box office: 02821 771318

Down Arts Centre 18th March 8pm 

Box office: 02844 610747

The Playhouse Theatre Derry 19th March 8pm 

Box office: 02871 268027 or click here to book online


The Lyric Theatre Belfast 29 Mar – 2 Apr

8PM every evening, 3PM Saturday matinee

Box office: 028 9038 1081 or click here to book online
Recommended for age 14 +

Photography by Ciaran Bagnall


Tinderbox is recruiting!

Posted on 15 April 2016

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

All Through The House – Director’s Blog

Posted on 18 November 2015

“And finally the festive season is upon us… Reindeer hats and festive crackers, secrets and explosive revelations, burnt Christmas dinners and illicit relationships, family feuds fuelled by alcohol and SingStar is just a little taste of what Tinderbox Theatre Company and the fantastic cast have been playing with in the brilliant play by Judith King. […]

All Through The House – an Alternative Christmas show from Tinderbox

Posted on 23 October 2015

On the back of its roaring success at the 2014 Pick n Mix festival, Tinderbox is delighted to present ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE by Judith King. This riotously funny comedy about a ‘normal’ Belfast family doing Christmas – but not as we know it – has a stellar cast: Mary Jordan, Stephen Beggs, Victoria Armstrong, Maria Connolly, Bernadette Brown and Shaun Blaney. The show is directed by Patrick J O’Reilly and runs at the Crescent Arts Centre from December the 4th.

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