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 Announce Patrick O’Reilly as AD and Jen Shepherd as Producer

Posted on 20 May 2016

Tinderbox Theatre Company is delighted to announce two new team members: Patrick J O’Reilly as Artistic Director and Jen Shepherd as Producer. Patrick J O’Reilly has a proven and impressive track record as a director, writer and performer both internationally and in Ireland.  He brings an exciting new artistic vision to the company of making extraordinary, […]


Posted on 19 May 2016

Tinderbox Theatre Company is delighted to announce Patrick J O’Reilly’s first innovative production as Artistic Director of Northern Ireland’s premier company for new work.

IGNITION is a fast paced ambitious theatre making project, not for the faint hearted.

Tinderbox has invited 4 performers to collaborate, innovate and create a new ground breaking piece of work in five days.

IGNITION celebrates the passion, the agility and the professionalism in Northern Irish theatre.

Performances: 17th and 18th June 2016 at 8 pm

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

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