E-Motion 21: Creative Workshops 1Creative Response to Covid-19 Pandemic January 2021

Funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, The National Lottery Community Fund and the Halifax Foundation Northern Ireland.

Creative Bubble Workshops

From 11th January to 5th February 2021, Tinderbox will deliver a variety of online workshops, led by professional facilitators, to encourage participants to use creativity as a source of inspiration and well-being during the lockdown.

Our workshops are being provide on a pay-what-you-can system so everyone is welcome to join us in our creative bubble!

Mondays: Singalong Music Party

Facilitated by Katie Richardson

Katie is a musician, songwriter, producer and facilitator who currently makes her own music under the name Hex Hue. Katie is a passionate creative facilitator who believes in promoting inclusion and encouraging growth, expression and change through the arts and creative industries.

Start your week off right with a singalong with Katie. Singalong Music Party is suitable for all ages and abilities.

11th,18th,25th Jan and 1st Feb


Tuesdays: Throw-It-Back Dance Class

Facilitated by Paula O’Reilly

Paula O’ Reilly is a performer, choreographer and movement director who has been working in the arts for over 15 years.

Join her for on Tuesdays for good ol’ dance. There’ll be some old school choons, a few cheesy moves and of course, top craic! No dance experience required, just an appetite for fun. Suitable for ages 12+.

12th,19th,26th Jan and 2nd Feb


Wednesdays: The Man Who Fell To Pieces Mental Health Workshop

Facilitated by Patrick O’Reilly

Patrick is currently artistic director of Tinderbox Theatre Company in Belfast. Since the pandemic, Patrick has worked with Culture Reset and ArtHaus Berlin to redefine and implement an arts ecology that encourages creative practice and equality to be the central motor of his artistic vision. His favourite words are play and freedom. (and coffee)

The workshop is a creative writing project where we explore our own Mental Health using objects, the environment and our Imagination. Suitable for ages 16+.

18th,20th,27th Jan and 3rd Feb


Thursdays: Creative Writing

Facilitated by Jo Egan

Jo Egan creates work in traditional and non-theatre settings for both professional and community productions. Jo and playwright, Fionnuala Kennedy, co-founded MACHA Productions which creates work inspired by and with marginalised or absent voices. Jo also works as a dramaturg and currently teaches playwriting and memoir in adult education. She holds an MFA in Playwriting (TCD, Lir Academy).

If you’ve ever had an inkling that you could be the next Shakespeare, this is the class for you. Suitable for ages 16+.

14th, 21st, 28th Jan and 4th Feb


Fridays: Laughter Yoga

Facilitated by Lisa Haycock

Laughter is strong medicine. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.

Lisa believes that laughter draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. At this workshop, you’ll learn the benefits of laughter, why we need to laugh today and breathing exercises.

Suitable for 16+

15th, 22nd, 29th Jan and 5th Feb


To book a place or make an enquiry, email Meg at:


Poster design and animation by Ciaran Haggerty

Audience comments

Fun, gentle, thoughtful, good length, nice vibes, new skill learnt that i can take into my practice

Workshop Participant

It was a creative way to get participants thinking about and discussing mental health without it being in a boring or formal way.

Workshop Participant

It was very enjoyable, great fun and felt like I was in the room with everyone. You could go at your own pace and by the end of it Paula had you dancing and feeling like a hip-hop Queen. I can't wait until next week.

Workshop Participant