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Have a laugh online with Tinderbox Theatre Company

Thursday 21st January 2021 at 2pm 0 Comments Drama

Pictured are honorary M.D.s of Comedy, Gary Crossan and Chris Grant who will be dosing out some state funded comic relief in weekly episodes of The Waiting Room. Image: Pictured are honorary M.D.s of Comedy, Gary Crossan and Chris Grant who will be dosing out some state funded comic relief in weekly episodes of The Waiting Room.

Laughter has long been hailed as the best medicine and local theatre company Tinderbox are dishing out giggles by the spoonful. For the next month, production is moving online with a new series of performances and workshops.

Created in response to new lockdown restrictions, the Belfast based theatre company have radically overhauled their latest planned tour to create E-Motion 21, a special online series guaranteed to brighten hearts and minds during the longest month of the year.

With support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Organisations Emergency Programme, every week from now until 5th February, Tinderbox will deliver dance, creative writing, music, physical theatre, mental health and laughter yoga workshops on a Pay-What-You-Can basis. While over on their YouTube channel each week they will create brand new comic content, free to enjoy from the comfort of your living room.

Included in the line-up are:

The Waiting Room
The Waiting Room Meet Chris and Gary - your newly appointed, state funded comic relief. They should be taken aurally once a week for 15-20 minutes. Artists from across the country have been subcontracted to work in the area of mental health. Due to their experience of going on tour and speaking to the public, Chris and Gary have been put on a fast track course to become fully qualified M.D.’s and pioneer the new State Funded Comic Relief. The show will be a fast-paced, variety style. Including all the different types of comedy Chris and Gary can think of in order to find your perfect prescription. The Waiting Room - Tinderbox YouTube Channel every Friday at 6pm. Premiering 15th January 2021.

Daisy DIY
Daisy DIY Daisy refuses to let lockdown get her down. Not one bit. Daisy decides to open herself to the world of social media influencing and starts a weekly online creative DIY programme to lift her and our spirits during the long days and nights. Daisy loves being a social influencer and posts all of her videos on all social media platforms. Daisy does realise that the arts and crafts shops aren’t open but that doesn’t stop her! Oh no, Daisy decides that she can make anything an act of creation- Everything is creative for Daisy. Daisy will present her Daisy DIY show live on Tinderbox’s YouTube channel every Saturday at 6pm. Premiering 16th January 2021.

The Rise and Fall of Derek Bubble
The Rise and Fall of Derek Bubble Derek is planning his ultimate showdown - his latest neighbour bubble bust-up on his street. Derek is a member of his community neighbourhood watch and is held in high regard by the local police. Since lockdown he has busted numerous social bubbles in his area such as Aoife’s 8th Birthday party, New Year gatherings and late night caller shenanigans. Nothing gets past Derek and his commitment to public safety. However as with all stalwarts of the community, his rise to fame immediately crashed as the result of a meeting in Ormeau Park with one of his ex-boyfriends. Derek states he was framed. His ex says otherwise. Who do you believe? A 30 minute documentary premiering on Tinderbox’s YouTube channel on Thursday 4 th February 2021 at 7pm.

The Arts Council of Northern is supporting Tinderbox and E-Motion 21through its Organisations Emergency Programme, a fund that was created to help organisations respond to the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis by enabling them to continue producing creative work, assist with operational costs and to help plan for recovery in the long-term.

Caoileann Curry-Thompson, Drama and Dance Office Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:

“The arts are so important for our health and wellbeing and a survey commissioned by the Arts of Northern Ireland last month revealed the high numbers of people turning to the arts for solace and relief during the Covid-19 pandemic. As one of our leading theatre company’s, Tinderbox’s Emotion 21 is something to really look forward to, drawing together an exceptionally talented host of cast and crew to produce an exciting line up of performances and more over the coming weeks.”

Patrick J O’Reilly, Artistic Director for Tinderbox Theatre Company stated:

“It is essential that we reach out to as many people as we can during the current lockdown. We have created a programme of workshops and comedy performances with the intention that people can find humour, creativity and hope during this time. Tinderbox’s mission focusses on empowering the individual through play. We use play to liberate the imagination, to discover, explore and realise our unique creative potential and the E-Motion 21 programme will invite participants to engage with us through the month of January.”

Emotion-21 is funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, The National Lottery Community Fund and the Halifax Foundation Northern Ireland.

Watch short promo film here: Tinderbox BUBBLE 2021 - YouTube

Cast: Gary Crossan, Chris Grant, Louise Conaghan, Tony Flynn
Director: Patrick J O’Reilly
Producer: Meg Magill
Production Manager: Rory Casey
Stage Manager: Kerri McGimpsey
Set/Costume: Diana Ennis
Lighting: James McFettridge
Editor: Dan Leith
Sound Design: Stuart Robinson


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