This October, Tinderbox will premiere Jonathan M. Daley’s thrilling new play Sylvan in woodland locations in Belfast, Coleraine and Waterford as part of our ‘Off the Grid’ Season.

Sylvan promises to be a nightmarish immersive experience bringing together live performance, horror and sound design in site-specific spaces.

A visual feast of Theatre of the Grotesque, Sylvan will feature a stellar local cast: Ruby Campbell, Maria Connolly and Seamus O’Hara.

Sylvan - Autumn Live Performance 2021

Sylvan will be directed by Tinderbox Artistic Director, Patrick J O’ Reilly and produced by Tinderbox Producer Meg Magill.


Paul and Deirdre are trying to adopt a child. In their world, adoption is shameful and embarrassing, and discretion is key. When Rosie, the adoption agent, arrives for a home visit, Paul and Deirdre struggle to impress her; casting doubts over their chances of getting a child. But Rosie’s visit threatens a much larger secret; something Paul and Deirdre have hidden their entire relationship – the illegal forest in their spare room on the top floor. Rosie becomes entranced by the forest, and she offers to speed up the adoption process in return for access to the forest, one day a week. However, Rosie is also holding a secret close to her heart and her weekly visits to the forest lead to the emergence of a sinister presence that begins to create havoc in all of their lives. Sylvan is a delicious nightmare for the senses.

Age Guidance: 16+


Ruby Campbell, Maria Connolly, Seamus O’Hara

Creative Team

Artistic Director: Patrick J O’Reilly

Producer: Meg Magill

Writer: Jonathan M. Daley

Production Manager: Rory Casey

Set Designer: Stuart Marshall

Lighting Designer: James C. McFetridge

Sound Designer: Stuart Robinson

Costume Designer: Enda Kenny

Director of Photography: Dan Leith

Assistant Director: Patrick Quinn

Stage Manager: Kerri McGimpsey

Photography by Carrie Davenport

Graphic Design by Ciaran Haggerty

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Funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Foyle Foundation and Halifax Foundation. 

Tour Dates and Ticket Info

WIT Campus, Waterford | 24th Oct, 6pm

Box Office: Imagine Arts Festival

Tickets available at:

Victoria Park, Belfast | 29th Oct-1st Nov, 9pm (extra show at 6pm on Halloween Night)

Box Office: Tinderbox

Tickets available at:

[Tickets for the Belfast performances are currently sold out but we encourage you to join the waitlist, available at point of sale]

Ulster University Campus, Coleraine | 4th-5th Nov, 7pm and 10pm

Box Office: Riverside Theatre

Tickets available at:

We have a limited capacity so get your tickets while they’re hot! Please note that Sylvan is an outdoor live experience, taking place in woodland in late-October/November at night, expect Northern Irish weather and wrap up warm!