c21 is a Northern Irish touring theatre company that champions new stories with an eye to international audiences and festivals
- to embrace traditional, digital and interactive methods as well as site-specific projects
- to deliver enriching and memorable experiences in the heart of communities
- to collaborate with public and private organisations, education and tourism
c21 was co-founded in 2005. The company started out as a touring theatre organisation and quickly built a reputation in Northern Ireland as a small company of great force
To this day the vision remains intact, and we continue to provide audiences with high quality theatre that is easily accessed and regularly tours nationally and more recently internationally. We strongly believe that audiences should have the opportunity to experience professional theatre no matter what location of our country we live in.
In February 2020 the company represented Northern Ireland in Brussels at a NI Showcase event performing the hit show May the Road Rise Up at the Bozar Theatre http://artscouncil-ni.org/news/northern-ireland-theatre-talent-to-be-celebrated-on-stage-in-brussels. The same show had completed an Australian tour in 2019 visiting numerous venues around the city of Melbourne.
In January 2019, along with its business sponsor, Doyle Shipping Group, the company won the Arts & Business NI Award for ‘Staff Engagement’. This was recognition for the ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ project in 2018 that looked at attitudes around disability in the workplace. The production was seen by over 2000 young children aged 14-16 plus 1500 other audiences throughout NI and Scotland.
The company continues to look at contemporary material that involves a creative process from conception right through to production and will embrace opportunities to collaborate.
Stephen Kelly, Co-Founder and Creative Director
Stephen co-founded the Company in 2005 when, as a graduate from Gaiety School of Acting, he wanted to create professional theatre in his home city of Belfast. He went on to act, produce and direct in over fifteen productions throughout the last ten years. He strongly believes that as a touring company in Northern Ireland, audiences should have the opportunity to experience professional theatre. The Company has toured extensively to rural areas on numerous occasions around the country and continue to explore opportunities nationally and internationally.
Our Board of Trustees
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Our Funders, Partners and Supporters
Our Principal Funder is the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Business Partner, Doyle Shipping Group. However, many of our projects are supported by a range of funders and partners without whom we would not be able to deliver our mission or diverse annual programme.