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Spotlight on Creative Innovation: Tinderbox Theatre Company

As part of July’s Theatre and Dance NI newsletter, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the ways individuals and organisations are innovating during this time. Here’s how Tinderbox Theatre Company has been adapting.


When the pandemic reached NI and the possibility arose that we may as a community need to take urgent action, we quickly decided to postpone our most immediate activities such as Play Machine training school, suspend all training fees, close the office and work from home. The official lockdown came the following week, by which time we were already talking about how to adapt and respond as an organisation.

Solo Art was created to help to quickly support the freelance theatre makers who are the lifeblood of our industry. Everyone was given a fee of £100 and a simple brief to create something, anything they wished, that we could share online to help spread creativity.

There was no selection process and it was open to theatre-makers of any background, including artists, facilitators and stage managers. Our initial fund was swelled to £5,000 by generous public donations and a wonderful offer from BBC Arts to double the fund, enabling 100 artists to benefit.

You can see the Solo Art pieces on Tinderbox’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel:

www.facebook.com/tinderboxtheatre     –     https://www.youtube.com/user/tinderboxtheatre

Lucid was this year’s Ignition project, usually developed and presented onstage with our Play Machine ensemble, it was reimagined as a ‘live showing of a pre-recorded thing’ and presented over two nights on YouTube. Lucid then returned for one night only on 4th July.

www.tinderbox.org.uk