Pintsized News


Culture Crush NI Interview- 30/08/2019

“Watch Pintsized Productions. Not in your wing mirror, over your shoulder or from a distance: with this little theatre company and its artistic director, chuck the lights on full beam.”

Thank you Conor O’Neil from Culture Crush NI for getting in touch to do an interview with our Artistic Director. You can have a read at the following link:


Open Auditions- 26/08/2019


After some changes we are looking at re-casting our final production of the year "Private Peaceful."

AVAILABILITY-Mon 11th November-Thurs 28th November for rehearsals and a short tour. As well as 1 day in September for promo photos and trailer shoot.

Audition Venue: The American Bar
Audition Date: Friday 6th September
Audition Time: 12-4



We have a fab time with the guys at NVTV chatting all things “31 Hours”. Massive thanks to Cormac for having us and giving us a platform to promote the show and to chat about the themes it addresses and why a production such as this is so important for Northern Iirish audiences to experience.

Director Nuala Donnelly was in attendance along with actors Matthew Blaney and Robert Crawford who play “Neil” and “Ste”

You can catch the full interview on The Round Up via the following link:


Lottery Funding- 02/07/19

We are delighted to announce that we are the proud recipient of Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Funding for our next production. This funding will go towards supporting emerging actors, a stage manager, director and filmographer. We will be bringing an extremely relevant piece of theatre to new venues, communites, and audiences.

For any and all information regarding the ACNI Funding Programmes click the following link:


Open Auditions- 10/06/19

Pintsized Productions are auditioning emerging professional artists for our next show.

Casting age 25-35 years old. 4 Male Actors Required

You will need to be available – Mid July- Mid Aug 2019 for Equity Contract (funding permitting) Approx 2 weeks rehearsal and 2-3weeks run (Dates tbc )

We will be auditioning Fri 28th June, 11.30-6.30pm at the American Bar (Dock St), Belfast


Night at the Races Fundraiser- 02/06/19

A massive thanks to everyone who came down to The American Bar for our “Night at the Races” Fundraiser.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored a horse, placed bets and to our race sponsors: Bullhouse Brewing CompanySunflower Public House & Live MusicSoda Bread Theatre, Raffdonn Farm, Claire Murray , TMC Flooring and our anonymous donor.

Massive thanks to all of those who donated fab prizes to our raffle: The Grand Opera House, BelfastThe MACMaggie Mays, Karin Jeffrey, ODEON CinemasBoojum BelfastCafeNeroDarcy's BelfastJumonJawbox GinWoodstock Garden Centre, Thomas Magee MUA, Emma Mc Cabe, Pete Wray, Heather Wray, Glenn Murray plus so much more!

Pintsized Productions is a Charity and we don't receive annual funding which is why every penny we get really does make such a difference and goes a long way in supporting emerging artists!


Wasted Return Tour Ends on a High-27/03/19

Thanks to funding from the department of Justice our return tour of Wasted ends on a high after 10 performances in 9 venues and hundreds of audience members.

A massive thank you to all the organisers and audiences at: The American Bar, St Paul’s High School Bessbrook, Greenway Women’s Centre, Ardoyne Community Centre, Shankill Women’s Centre, Simon Community Centre Coleraine, St Mary’s Parish Hall, St Cecelia’s College and Pilot’s Row Community Centre.


Job Fairy!! Come join the Pintsized Team-14/03/19

Voluntary Technical Stage Manager, 12mth position, with extension available.

This is a voluntary role for an emerging artist who feels they can benefit with some additional experience and mentoring. Full Equity rates will be applied for project to project so that our volunteer would get professional paid employment opportunities.

To obtain an application form e-mail Gerard Mc Cabe on

CLOSING DATE: Thursday 4th April!


TV Appearance on NVTV-03/03/19

Actor Thomas Martin & Actress Shannon Wilkinson, along with Director Nuala Donnelly chat all things Wasted with Ciaran Ó Brolcháin at Northern Visions Television Studio.

You can catch their interview via the following link:


We’ve Teamed up with NEXUS NI-22/02/19

Thanks to the amazing help and support from Fundraising Officer Karen Dunlop-Wainwright we have been able to provide all of our Wasted audiences which leaflets and contact information about all the services NEXUS NI provide.

“We’re here to help anyone affected by sexual violence.
We understand the trauma it leaves behind and the impact it can have.
We want all victims to know it was not their fault, they are not alone, and that there is strength in coming forward and seeking help.
We are here and you can get in touch today

Nexus NI


Cultural Lives: Theatre & Dance Event in The Mac 13/02/19

Our Artistic Director attended the Cultural Lives Event hosted by We Will Thrive.
Discover who is attending theatre and dance. Find out what other cultural events and attractions theatre and dance audiences are interested in. Learn about the size of the potential market for theatre and dance in Belfast.
This event is all about sharing the results with you, the sector.


Department of Justice Funding 31/01/19

We are delighted to announce that we have procured funding from the ARCS, Department of Justice in order to bring back our successful production of Wasted. We will be touring to Schools, Community Groups and Women’s Centers throughout February and March.

“The purpose of the ARCS fund is to provide start-up funding to projects that will be ongoing, or one-off funding to time-limited projects.  ARCS funding is not intended to serve as gap funding or to support salary costs in the long term.  It is not intended to fund capital projects or schemes already funded or delivered through other service providers.”


Meet Our New Sponsor! 07/12/18

We are over the moon to welcome Pedro Donald from The American Bar as our new sponsor! All the folks at the American Bar have been a great support to Pintsized over the year, allowing us rehearsal and performance space, hosting our fundraisers and our committee meetings. Pedro is a fantastic advocate of the arts and we’re so happy he’s come on board to join the Pintsized family.

“As a long term supporter of the arts scene in Belfast and now being in a position to be able to give something back I am only too happy to do so. Pubs to me are so much more than just places to have a drink, they are places for gigs, sessions, readings, films, exhibitions... and of course theater!Pedro Donald


Happy 10th Birthday Pintsized 01/12/18

“Ten years is a very long time for any theatre company in Northern Ireland, especially with the arts cuts being what they are.
Thankfully, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Sunflower Bar and The American Bar have stepped in to give Belfast’s Pintsized Productions the backing and the rehearsal space they need to properly celebrate their tenth anniversary as the wet and windy winter nights dawn upon us near the end of an exceptional year in theatre.
“Exceptional”, because as the reality of further budgetary cuts in the arts and culture field has dawned upon us, the necessity of working with what we have has hit home with the arts community in Northern Ireland – and brought out their creativity. December 2018 is more than a month for celebrating ten years of Pintsized – it is a celebration of triumph through adversity.”

Simon Fallaha

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Spoken Word at a Secret Gig 17/11/18

It’s a secret….sssshhhhhh! What a fun night we had at Sofar Sounds Belfast secret gig at the Red Cross Vintage & Retro Shop on Botanic Avenue. As well as there being a wealth of musical talent our very own talented was represented in the form of Emerging Artist Patrick Quinn who performed Bold, Ballsy Belfast, written and directed by Nuala Donnelly to an appreciative crowd.

You can catch a video of the performance from the following link:

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Welcoming Women’s Aid into Wasted Rehearsals 26/10/18

A massive thank you to Catherine Ferrin from Women's Aid Federation Northern Ireland who came down to talk to our cast during the week.
Your knowledge and experience has been invaluable in helping us to better understand the topics and complexities in "Wasted"
A theatrical reaction to events of the past year "Wasted" deals with sexual consent and the repercussions of actions.

For anyone who has been affected by incidents of rape & sexual assault please know there is help available. 

Women's Aid


24hr Domestic, Sexual Assault & Rape Helpline 


Accidental Theatre 15 Minute Festival 29/09/18

For two unique nights Accidental Theatre is presenting a mixture of miniature theatre in Shaftesbury Square. Bringing together a selection of great Irish companies as a very special mini-festival of mini-plays.

We are performing on Sat 29th Sept with a new write by our Artistic Director titled "Bold, Ballsy Belfast", a spoken word piece on the current state of affairs, performed by emerging artist Patrick Quin.

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The Biggest Arts Night of the Year 21/09/18

We’re so excited to be taking part in Culture Night this year, the biggest night in the arts sector calendar.

You can find us in the Sunflower bar from 3pm-5pm for an Introduction to Pintsized Productions: Past, Present & Future! We’ll have performances from A Cock & Bull Story, Girls & Dolls, & our upcoming production Wasted.

Pintsized Alumni Siobhan Kelly, Conor Doran and Daniel Kelly will be taking part as well as new emerging artist Shannon Wilkinson.


Open Auditions 15/08/18

Pintsized Productions are auditioning emerging artists for our next show!
Casting age 18-25 years old. 1 Male and 1 Female required.

Need to be free Mid Oct- Mid Nov.

Audition Date Friday 10th August

Please send a CV and Headshot to

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Let’s Get Quizzical 03/08/18

You came, one and all to Fourteen Belfast on Friday 3rd August for Pintsized Productions “After Work Before Play” fundraising Pub Quiz.

This is our 6th year of Fundraising for our productions and this year it is in memory of our Sound guy Aaron O'Neill.

We had a fantastic night of punchy pub quiz team names, a silent auction, lots of raffle prizes up for grabs and bottles of bubbly for our winners. All money raised gets pumped into supporting our emerging artists.


Intersections-APAC at the Lyric Theatre 20-21/06/18

“Taking a hard look at borders, real and imagined, how to move beyond them? Looking for sustainability, how to face up to climate change? With public policy shifts, how to influence policy-makers and funders to invest in the arts? With the rise of superstar festivals and international companies, what does the future of production and programming look like? With inequality in our midst, how to shape an equitable culture right across our sector? No question stands alone. They intersect one with the other and in different ways for everyone and every organisation.”

Hosted by Theatre NI and Theatre Forum, this years All Ireland Performing Arts Conference was held at the Lyric Theatre for two days. Our Artistic Director Nuala Donnelly, successfully obtained a bursary from Theatre NI in order to attend the largest gathering of professionals from the performing arts in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Spotlight on farm safety with Dale Farm & the GOH 08/05/18

Leading local dairy company Dale Farm has partnered with the Grand Opera House and us here at Pintsized Productions to develop a live theatre tour that brings the importance of farm safety to life for primary schoolchildren.

Supported by Arts & Business Northern Ireland, Dale Farm’s ‘Seasons of Safety’ will tour 21 rural primary schools throughout County Antrim in May and is the first project of its kind that the Grand Opera House has taken on tour.

Whilst the three-cast production will be open for all ages of primary schoolchildren to experience, a workshop element will follow each performance aimed at P6 and P7 children, exploring themes and lessons emerging from the play. Schools will also be provided with farm safety resources for teachers to use with their classes in their own time.


Celebrating the NI Creative Industries 05/05/18

Our Artistic Director and Producer represented Pintsized Productions at a Theatre NI event, hosted in the beautiful surroundings of Belfast, celebrating the creative industries in NI.

It was great to see such a large representation of artists, musicians, dancers, and theatre makers. And to echo Niamh’s sentiments:

You are all valued and you are all important. Thank you for all of the work that you do.”


New Artistic Director Appointment 08/03/18

We’re kick-starting the celebrations this International Women’s Day by welcoming on board our new Artistic Director Nuala Donnelly. Welcome aboard Nuala, we’re so excited to get things started and to see what new direction you steer the company into.

Nuala is a 2013 First Class QUB Drama Graduate who was awarded the Brian Friel Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Practice. She is a freelance theatre & movement director having worked with TheatreofPluck, Bruiser Theatre Company, Lyric Drama Studio, and Class Act Drama Academy.


We’re on the Lookout for a Voluntary Artistic Director 02/02/18

Ever wanted to run your own theatre company? We’ll now’s your chance!

Deadline Fri 16th.

We’re regularly funded and 10 years old.

If your an Emerging Director and want to learn how a theatre company runs then this is the opportunity for you.

Email for a application form


Open Auditions 25/01/18

Pintsized Productions are auditioning Emerging Artists for our next show. 

Casting age 18-25 years old.
Male and Female.
Need to be free 9th April-16th May

Send a CV and headshot to


Night at the Races 13/01/18

We held our Night at the Races fundraiser at The American Bar on Saturday night. Thank you to our sponsors Direct Furniture, Bia Restaurant and Gary N Daly, and friends who donated prizes. We raised a whopping £650 which will get pumped back into supporting our emerging artists.


A Sad Farewell…10/07/17

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear friend Aaron O’Neill after a short illness. He was our first ever sound designer here at Pintsized and worked with such enthusiasm and creativity on three productions in total with us.

We send our thoughts and deepest sympathies to his family at this very hard time.

Aaron was a great friend both personally and professionally, funny, smart and always on the other end of the phone. We’ll never forget you Aaron.

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Writers on Writers Festival 11/05/17

From 6-7pm in the Linen Hall Library we are giving you an insight into the mindset of the fab playwright Gary Mitchell. Make sure you book your ticket on the Linen Hall website and you will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of wine.


And the Winner is… 22/01/16

We are over the moon to announce our amazing Treasurer Glenn Murray, nabbed the Allianz Arts & Business award for Board Member of the year at the Lyric Theatre last night!

Glenn is the unsung hero of Pintsized Productions, keeping an eagle eye on all our finances, attending all of our board meetings and just being an all round fab guy! Glenn is a great supporter of Pintsized and we hope he remains a pillar-stone of the company for many years to come!

Congratulations Glenn, you truly deserve this!


Bronagh popped by for a Visit 08/08/15

Co-Founder Bronagh Waugh called into the Hudson Bar to help us celebrate Arts Council funding!

“You know there are so many cuts happening across the board, we are so, so thankful that we managed to get some funding and that they are supporting Pintsized Surprise. To get recognition and support from the Arts council feels like a proud moment cause 8 years on, it feels like the theatre company has really grown and is being taking seriously and being recognised!”

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