New Playwrights Programme 2019-Lyric Theatre Belfast

The Lyric Theatre Belfast’s mission is to produce high-quality professional theatre that is alive to our complex cultural experience, and to use the power of live theatre to empower, inspire, engage and educate. They’re always on the lookout for exciting new work to produce, and are passionate about supporting and developing emerging talent.

Aimed at new and emerging playwrights, this six month programme provides intensive, hands-on dramaturgical support for four writers, with an opportunity to showcase new work in the Naughton Studio in November 2019. The aim of this programme is to provide meaningful support and development for those who aspire to be professional writers. The theatre aim to equip writers with the knowledge, insight and experiences that will prepare them for a successful writing career in theatre.

The programme will take place over six months from May to November 2019. The programme is cohesive and intensive, with regular development meetings between the writers (individually and as a group) and the Literary Manager.



12pm Monday 11th February 2019.

The writers selected for the programme will be offered a range of support and opportunities:
• Regular feedback and one-to-one development meetings with the Literary Manager;
• Invitations to press nights for all Lyric productions.
• Free access to Lyric spaces for writing, where available.
• Participation in the Lyric’s New Playwrights masterclass series and exclusive access to speakers, which will include established playwrights, directors and dramaturgs;
• The opportunity to work with an established director and professional actors to workshop their play.
• One rehearsed reading of their script at the mid-point of programme to aid further development.
• A public rehearsed reading of their new work presented in the Naughton Studio at the end of the programme, open to audiences and industry professionals.

Applications are welcomed from new and emerging playwrights. By that they mean, writers over the age of 18 who have had fewer than two professional productions of their work (this excludes professional rehearsed readings).

You do not need to be resident in Northern Ireland to apply, but you must be willing and able commit to attending meetings, workshops and readings at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast for the duration of the programme (travel to and from the Lyric is unfortunately not covered as part of the programme).

Shortlisted scripts will be read by a panel with extensive industry experience. All submissions will be given due consideration, but, regretfully, they can’t provide feedback on every script

Successful writers will be notified at the end of April 2019

Published on:
22 Jan 2019


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