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Tinderbox Play Machine 2018/2019 is now open for submissions

‘The Engine is running. Join the Machine. 

Tinderbox are delighted to announce our open call for the successful Play Machine 2018/2019 is now open for submissions. (Deadline for applicants 13th August)
Play Machine is a Belfast training school for performers, writers and theatre makers wishing to engage with multi-disciplinary art forms and devising processes to create new work for local and international audiences. This intensive and liberating engagement with the dynamics of play is appropriate for all actors, dancers, directors, writers and designers with all levels of theatrical experience.’


The course includes: 

1. Movement and dynamics in space
2. Improvisation
3. Devising techniques
4. Elements/ Object Manipulation
5. Physical Theatre
6. Choreography
7. Writing for Theatre

Play Machine will commence on the 10th September at the Crescent Arts Centre and will run for 9 months in total. (June 2019) – The training will culminate with a unique performance event Ignition which will showcase the artists work.


9 months Training – total fee £750.00
3 terms – £250.00  – Sundays 11am – 5.30pm 

A payment plan is negotiable for each successful applicant.

‘Play Machine is not drama school training for actors. The course is for the creation of new theatrical performance and experience in devising methodologies is preferable but not necessary.’

If you are interested in applying for a place on Play Machine, please send your expression of interest to info@tinderbox.org.uk


It is pushing me out of my comfort zone and opening my eyes to more exciting work that will be created here in Belfast” 

“Surpassed my expectations” 

“One of the best things I have ever done”

“Challenging, Inspiring, terrifying and wonderful!  

(Play Machine participants 2017/2018)