Tinderbox Theatre Company in partnership with the MAC are thrilled to announce the Rage against the Play Machine programme; a one week physical theatre intensive exploring creative activism and Protest theatre.


  • Group 1: 7th-11th June, 10am to 4:30pm¬†
  • Group 2: 13th-17th June, 10am to 4:30pm

Our theatre practice actively reflects and provokes the need for social change and previous productions such as Ubu the King, The Man Who Fell to Pieces, Sylvan by Jonathan M. Daley, Immaculate by Louise Mathews and our International collaboration with Manifesto Poetico are radical examples of rebel theatre both in form and content. Most importantly, we create spaces for artists to re-discover and re-spark their authentic stories, voice and bodies so they can feel freedom, strength and confidence in their own creative practice. 

The Intensive includes: 

  • Devising theatre practice
  • Improvisation
  • Physical theatre technique
  • Proclamation (text analysis)
  • Artist Manifesto (creating your own manifesto)
  • Artist Health and Well-Being¬†
  • Embodiment¬†

The programme  will be delivered by Tinderbox’s Artistic Director and award winning writer, Patrick J O’Reilly, whose extensive training at the International school of Jacque Le Coq in Paris and ArtHaus Berlin. Patrick aims to create theatre spaces that challenge, inspire and celebrate artist authenticity and creative freedom. Patrick is a member of the Movement Directors Association, has a diploma in CBT and was recently nominated by the National Lottery for his active creative role during the pandemic. 

Fee for the weekly masterclass is on a Pay-What-You Can basis, 15 spaces available per Group. The programme will take place at the MAC Belfast. 

To apply, please submit an expression of Interest and CV to Patrickj.oreilly@tinderbox.org.uk