We’re absolutely thrilled to have an exciting new Artist-in-Residence for 2019!

Erica Murray, a talented young playwright from County Limerick, has won a bursary supported by Channel 4 and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation to become the Lyric Theatre’s Artist-In-Residence for 2019.  Erica is one of six playwrights to win the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme Bursary which celebrates and supports emerging writing talent.  Past bursary winners under the scheme include many of today’s leading playwrights such as Sue Townsend, Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson.

The Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme is open to any theatre in the UK with a committed policy to new writing.  This year’s winners also includes Meghan Tyler, who took part in the 2018 New Playwrights programme at the Lyric and will be linked to the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

In 2017, Erica who has an MFA in Playwriting from the The Lir Academy, was one of the first writers to take part in the Lyric’s inaugural New Playwrights programme, which gave rise to the creation of her play All Mod Cons. This piece was showcased as part of the prestigious Belfast International Arts Festival and also had a reading in New York as part of the Origins Irish Theatre Festival.  It will premiere at the Lyric this year as part of the theatre’s Spring/Summer season from 18th May – 8 June with tickets on sale now from the Lyric Theatre box office.

Erica’s first play Bunk premiered at DU Players Society, Dublin, and went on to win Best Original Writing at the Irish Student Drama Awards in 2012.  Her play The Cat’s Mother premiered at The Vault Festival in London and went on to have successful runs at the Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe Festivals.  She won the Fishamble Award for New Writing at the Dublin Fringe this year and is formerly a member of the Young Writer’s Lab at the Soho Theatre in London.


The Lyric Theatre has the support of the Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme sponsored by Channel 4 Television and by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be selected for this fantastic opportunity, and to be working closely with the Lyric on writing a new play.  Without the support of the Channel 4 Playwright Bursary Scheme this next year would be looking very different.  It’s a very exciting step to be taking at the start of my career, I plan on making the most of it!”

Erica Murray