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McCafferty heralds new era as Lyric playwright-in-residence

By Claire Williamson

Belfast playwright Owen McCafferty has said it's an "honour" to be appointed the new playwright-in-residence at the Lyric Theatre.

As Northern Ireland's only full-time producing theatre, the Lyric appoints the role annually as part of its aim to support new writing.

Speaking at the Lyric yesterday, Mr McCafferty said: "It is an honour and privilege to be the Lyric Theatre's playwright-in-residence.

"The Lyric under Jimmy Fay is moving into an exciting new artistic era and I'm delighted to be in at the start of that."

The award-winning playwright has a celebrated catalogue of plays including Shoot The Crow, Mojo Mickybo and most recently for the Lyric Theatre – The Absence of Women.

McCafferty's play Quietly was hailed as a must-see show at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe and sold out at the Traverse Theatre during its three-week run.

It was critically acclaimed by the international media and went on to win three prestigious awards – Best Play at The Writers' Guild Awards 2013, a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and Best Actor for Patrick O'Kane at the Stage Awards for Acting Excellence.

His play Unfaithful has just finished a run at this year's Edinburgh Festival and his latest play Death of a Comedian is set to be premiered at the Lyric in February.

Lyric executive producer Jimmy Fay said: "Owen is one of our finest playwrights.

"I had the honour of directing the award-winning Quietly so I am delighted to have such a quality playwright of integrity, passion and talent take up this position."

The reception was attended by a local writers, actors and artists including the celebrated actor Patrick O'Kane who starred in Quietly, which toured to the Lyric earlier this year.

The Lyric Theatre's autumn season begins on September 20 with Stewart Parker's masterpiece Pentecost, directed by Jimmy Fay and starring Roisin Gallagher, Judith Roddy, Carol Moore, Paul Mallon and Will Irvine.

For more information visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk

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