15/05/2019

Six Writers Awarded Places On New Playwrights Programme

The Lyric Theatre and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland have announced the recipients of the 2019 New Playwrights Programme.

The six month scheme gives writers the opportunity to develop their ideas over the period with the Lyric's Literary Manager Rebecca Mairs. The works will then be brought to life in the Autumn with professional actors and directors.

Following a high level of interest, the people who gained a place on the prestigious programme have been confirmed as Annie Keegan, Clare McMahon, Clare Monnelly, Ryan Smith, Ross Wylie and Sarah Gordon.
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Rebecca Mairs, Literary Manager at the Lyric Theatre, commented: "We are delighted to welcome six new writers for the third year of our New Playwrights Programme. New writing is the lifeblood of any producing house theatre, and it is essential that we provide a platform for an emerging generation of playwrights to present contemporary issues in new and powerful ways. Through this programme, the Lyric creates an inviting, dynamic, and inspiring space where new artists can thrive, offering them the support they need to create bold and vibrant new work. It is great to be part of such an exciting journey."

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added: "It's critical that the Arts Council is involved in supporting writers at all stages of their careers and we are proud to partner with the Lyric Theatre in this important programme which ensures that six writers get dedicated, bespoke mentorship support over a six-month period to create new work. We warmly congratulate all six new playwrights and look forward to seeing their work on the Lyric stage later this year."



(JG/CM)

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