County Limerick playwright wins Channel 4 bursary for Belfast theatre

Erica Murray, a talented young playwright from County Limerick

Erica Murray, a talented young playwright from County Limerick

A TALENTED young playwright from County Limerick has won a Channel 4 bursary and an artist-in-residence stint at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.

Erica Murray, from Adare, has won a bursary supported by Channel 4 and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation to become the Lyric’s artist-in-residence for 2019.

She is one of six playwrights to win the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme Bursary which celebrates and supports emerging writing talent. Previous winners include leading playwrights such as Sue Townsend, Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be selected for this fantastic opportunity, and to be working closely with the Lyric on writing a new play,” said Erica.

“Without the support of the Channel 4 Playwright Bursary Scheme this next year would be looking very different. It’s a very exciting step to be taking at the start of my career, I plan on making the most of it!”

Rebecca Mairs, Literary Manager at the Lyric Theatre said the venue was “delighted to have Erica on board as our artist-in-residence this year. We’ve championed Erica as a serious new writing talent since she took part in our first New Playwrights Programme.”

Erica’s play All Mod Cons was showcased as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival and also had a reading at the Origin 1st Irish festival in New York, run by Limerick man George
C Heslin. It will premiere at the Lyric this year as part of the theatre’s spring-summer season.