Archive for July 2nd, 2009

Lyric Challenge Grant

2nd July 2009 by Maura McHugh

According to The Stage the Belfast Lyric Theatre has received a £500,000 challenge grant from the US-based Kresge Foundation which will go towards rebuilding and fitting-out the theatre’s Ridgeway Street home.

The theatre, which will have to raise £1.3 million privately by June 2010 in order to win the grant, has been trying to raise £18 million to meet the cost of the new building which will house a 350-seat main auditorium and 120-seat studio space, as well as new front of house and backstage facilities and offices.

News of the grant was hailed as “brilliant” by the theatre’s patron, actor Liam Neeson. He said: “Support from Kresge is highly sought after, and competition for funds is very tough – I’m delighted that we have been awarded this prestigious grant”.

Kresge Foundation director Rip Rapson also added: “We felt compelled to support the Lyric for many reasons, including the significant impact the theatre has on it’s community and the crucial role it plays in creating a vibrant, healthy and tolerant society”.

4th STAGE Competition

2nd July 2009 by Maura McHugh

The 4th STAGE International Script Competition is looking for original, full-length (minimum running time: 70 minutes) plays that explore scientific and/or technological stories, themes, issues and/or events.

Science and/or technology must figure prominently in the script, whether in form or content or both. Biographical dramas, history plays, and medical dramas are discouraged unless they significantly employ science and/or technology. Authors are strongly urged to avoid the stereotypes often assigned to science, technology, and those who engage in these disciplines. This competition is not open to plays written in the genre of science fiction.

All entries must be postmarked on or before December 15, 2009.

Further information on the application process is available from the web site.