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Lyric Theatre celebrating 50 years of memories in Belfast - and you can help

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast has announced a year of celebration to mark 50 years since opening its doors, and it is asking for audiences' help in collecting memories of the venue.

The iconic site was founded by Mary O’Malley and opened its doors in 1968 amid the Troubles.

Over the years, the theatre has had many recognisable faces tread the boards, including Adrian Dunbar, Dan Gordon, Conleth Hill, Ciaran Hinds, Stella McCusker, Ian McIlhinney, Frances Tomelty and the Theatre’s patron, Liam Neeson.

It has also premiered the works of playwrights such as Stewart Parker (Northern Star in 1982), Martin Lynch (Dockers in 1981), Christina Reid (Tea in a China Cup in 1983) and Marie Jones (Stones in his Pockets in 1997).

To mark the Lyric's 50th celebrations, the theatre is looking for audience memories, which can be anything they can recall of seeing shows in the theatre over the years.

This can be a memory, old programmes, or photos.

The collections will be added to an ongoing archive and exhibited later in the year and on social media.

Other highlights for the Lyric's 50th celebrations include:

In Conversation With

A series of ‘In Conversation With’ events in partnership with the BBC NI’s The Arts Show, profiling key figures associated with the Lyric

New Playwrights Programme

The Lyric are accepting script submissions for our New Playwrights Programme 2018. 

Aimed at new and emerging playwrights, this six month programme will provide intensive, hands-on development support for four writers, with an opportunity to showcase new work in the Naughton Studio in October 2018 as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival.

The Threepenny Opera

The Lyric Theatre and NI present Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s thrilling and darkly comic masterpiece. 

Mack the Knife – gangster, celebrity, addict – secretly marries Polly Peachum, daughter of London’s most successful conman. Mr Peachum’s quest for revenge sets off a series of conflicts that expose the double dealings at the heart of society.

When: January 31 - February 10

The Colleen Bawn

Dion Boucicault’s exuberant tale of desire, duty and betrayal, based on an infamous true crime.

A financial crisis forces Hardress Cregan to choose between true love and family honour, a dilemma which leads to the forming of a horrifying plan.

When: April 7 - 28

Lovers: Winners & Losers

Brian Friel’s bittersweet meditation on love and loss, told in two parts: Winners and Losers.

In Winners we meet Joe and Mag, a young couple with their lives ahead of them, a secret between them, and a shadow over them. In Losers, Andy and Hanna cope with the unromantic reality of domestic life after the spark has gone out.

When: May 12 - June 10

Good Vibrations

The story of influential music promoter, producer and legendary founder of the record label – the undisputed Godfather of Belfast Punk, Terri Hooley – will be brought to the stage. 

Good Vibrations tells the story of Terri Hooley, a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast when the conflict shuts down his city.

When: September 1 – 30

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: The Musical

A magical musical version of Lewis Carroll’s much-loved classic tale for Christmas 2018. 

Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice in pursuit of the White Rabbit and discover the enchanting realm of Wonderland, where nothing is quite as it seems.

When: November 29 - January 5 2019

Executive Producer of the Lyric, Jimmy Fay, said: “In 2018 the Lyric celebrates its 50th anniversary on Ridgeway Street. This is a remarkable achievement for a theatre of this size. 

"This year we plan to celebrate the past and look to the future by offering a programme of work that puts the community at its heart, that celebrates the transformative power of people power and the exuberant joy and intensity of creating Art. 

"The Lyric belongs to its audience and its artists. We look forward to continuing our dialogue, our performances and our adventures together for many years to come.”

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