Lyric Theatre announces its New Playwrights of 2017
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 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.
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 Caffola 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.
Gilly Campbell, Arts Development Officer for Drama and Dance, commented, “The Arts Council is committed to providing valuable, meaningful opportunities to support new writing from local talent and bring this to the stage. We are delighted to partner with the Lyric Theatre on the New Playwrights Programme and congratulate the four chosen playwrights who will now engage in a period of intense development to bring their ideas to life. I look forward to seeing their new work on stage this autumn where it can be enjoyed by all.”
For further information on the Lyric’s New Writing Programme, check out www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.