We face a mental health crisis in Northern Ireland. We have a 25% higher prevalence of mental health problems than England, and seem to be failing to find a solution. This year, the arts community has been shattered by the loss of too many of our friends and colleagues to suicide.

Tinderbox want to do something. And that is to do what we do best. Create theatre. We see on a daily basis how access to creativity and imagination has a direct impact on mental health and studies are now backing up what we know to be true.

For this production Tinderbox are delighted to partner with Prime Cut Productions and The MAC to present EdgeFest; a 3-week festival of explosive new theatre by leading theatre companies, that dares to take us to the very edge of who we are. Prime Cut Productions present two plays, Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful (15 Feb – 1 Mar) and East Belfast Boy (16 Feb – 2 Mar) with a double bill of both running 17 – 3 March. We are honoured to collaborate on Edgefest and help draw attention to mental health in Northern Ireland.

If you want to talk about your cracked or broken pieces…

* Matinee performances 10 – 11 February at 2:30pm at the MAC.


Critic reviews

The Stage

The Man Who Fell to Pieces is a rare feat of theatre making.

 Jane Coyle

Explosive, gritty theatre with passionate and innovative staging, scoring, scripting and acting.

The Big List

A moving celebration of brokenness and a call to action about well-being and mental health. 

Alan in Belfast

Audience comments

Incredible moving and inspiring.

Poignant, unique and an important story told through comedy.

Honest expression of mental heath - beautiful imagery.

... genius; just go.