• Lyric50: Culture, Conflict & the City 1

    Fri, 26 Oct



Join us for a series of free talks, lectures, roundtable discussions, masterclasses on Friday 26th Oct. 

When the Lyric Theatre moved to its new home on Ridgeway Street in October 1968, it opened its doors to a city on the cusp of a conflict that was to last for decades. The 50th anniversary of the Lyric on Ridgeway Street offers an opportunity to re-examine the contemporary history and legacies of an era synonymous with civic activism and political protest.

This free two-day symposium – organised in conjunction with QUB's Drama Department, NUI Galway and the Irish Theatrical Diaspora – will contextualize and reflect on the critical role played by the Lyric Theatre over the past 50 years across the civic and cultural life of Belfast.

Uniquely, the symposium features a roundtable discussion on the role of ‘national theatres’; bringing together the current artistic leadership of the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Theatre of Wales, as well as the Lyric’s Executive Producer.

A second roundtable discussion, chaired by Susan McKay, will also focus on the cultural politics of 1968 and will involve the playwright Anne Devlin, the SDLP’s Claire Hanna, The Observer’s photography critic Sean O’Hagan, and Professor Lionel Pilkington from NUI Galway.

This symposium is kindly supported by the British Academy. Download the programme of events here.

This is a free event but booking is required.

Book your space at the pre theatre talk with architects O'Donnell & Tuomey on Friday 26th Oct here.

Book your space at the afternoon of talks on Saturday 27th Oct here.