Tinderbox create live performance, dynamic events and immersive experiences. We tell our stories. We play. We devise. We use the body as the main form of artistic expression. We offer artists of all disciplines the opportunity to collaborate with us to create contemporary, inventive and engaging performance work.

Off the Grid 

Our 2021/22 programme, titled ‘Off the Grid’, will continue the Motion 2021 initiative by touring new work premieres, complimented with workshops and creative training opportunities. 

Off the Grid will explore three components for practice: 

  • Touring live performance and creative projects in response to Covid-19.
  • Create a programme that focuses on the environment and efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. Our projects will explore shared resources, recycling and efficient energy saving (lighting and sound) with production costs and manufacturing. 
  • Creating and touring work in diverse locations such as rural areas, community spaces and cultural and heritage sites across Northern Ireland. 

Productions 2021-2022

We are delighted to reveal that we will be producing two new plays over the next year. In October 2021, we premiered Sylvan by Jonathan M. Daley, an outdoor site-responsive play performed in the woodlands of Victoria Park, Belfast and Riverside Theatre, Coleraine.  In August 2022, we will premiere Birds of Passage in the Half Light by Kat Woods at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022, following by a run in the Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast.

Take Away Theatre

In 2016, Tinderbox launched their Take Away Theatre project, putting out an annual open call for theatre makers of any genre to submit their delicious ideas. Take Away Theatre submissions are evaluated on the strength of their core idea, and the potential for this idea to develop with our support. Successful artists receive a commission, the opportunity to develop their idea in the rehearsal room, and production support to present their work the following year.

TAT Artists

2019/20 Sarah Louise Conaghan, Gary Crossan & Chris Grant
2018/19 Louise Mathews & Daniel Kelly
2017/18 Róisín Gallagher & Dan Leith
2016/17 Sarah Lyle & Abby Oliveira


Ignition is a fast-paced ambitious theatre making project, not for the faint hearted. Each year since 2016, Tinderbox has invited theatre makers to collaborate, innovate and create a new ground-breaking piece of work in five days, inspired by a single provocation given on the Monday morning.  Ignition celebrates the passion, the agility and the professionalism in Northern Irish theatre.

Ignition History

2019/20 The more I see, the less I know for sure
12 performers, 1 Director
Physical Theatre
2018/19 Insects
13 performers, 1 Director
Physical Theatre
2017/18 Cuck
2 Dancers, 1 Choreographer, 1 Dramaturg
2016/17 What would we be if we weren’t so afraid?
4 Performers, 1 Director, 1 Dramaturg

Photo by ©Carrie Davenport