The Lyric Theatre has a distinguished reputation and rich heritage of producing outstanding work by leading Irish writers, and is serious in its commitment to providing a platform for new writing. Last year alone saw the premieres of new plays by writers Rosemary Jenkinson, Gary Mitchell, Lucy Caldwell, and Conor McPherson. As Northern Ireland’s only full-time producing theatre, it continues to be the largest employer of local theatre practitioners. Their new Writer-In-Residence, Rosemary Jenkinson, shows the Lyric’s commitment towards putting the artist at the very centre of everything they do.
In January 2017, alongside its new productions, the Lyric launched its commitment to bring exciting new work to the stage. A six month New Playwrights Programme of development support, in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, was set up to encourage and inspire emerging playwrights.
The Lyric had an overwhelming response to the call for scripts from emerging writers, and the selection panel were impressed by the quality, ambition and originality of submitted work. It was announced today that the four successful playwrights are Seamus Collins, Erica Murray, Vittoria Cafolla and Andy Doherty.
The four will receive intensive support over the next six months to facilitate them in developing their new work. This will culminate in a showcase of new work in the Naughton Studio in October 2017. The programme will also include a public masterclass series with established writers and directors, benefitting all local writers.
As part of the Playwrights Programme the Lyric will be hosting a number of public workshops and masterclasses led by key writers and directors, to help aspiring new playwrights to develop their skills. Check out all our events below!