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Lyrici Arts Co-Commissions

Lyrici Arts is a Black-led organisation creating theatre and arts programmes that amplify black and diverse stories, creating work and opportunities for local Medway residents. It believes in breaking down barriers and challenging inequalities that prevent people from participating in art that represents them, speaks with them, and involves them.

Lyrici Arts’ vision is to bring change to Medway to champion difference, so that it is a place where Black-led arts are flourishing with every resident able to embrace and feel empowered by culture.

A place where Black and diverse audiences are represented via the arts which are programmed in the area. A place where Black and diverse artists can live and obtain opportunities to make work.


Co-commissioned by Creative Estuary, Lyrici Arts will launch an academy in summer 2022 for four black lyrical practitioners to test and create a collection of authentic written monologues. Artists will have access to industry mentorship, training and profiling. The process will take place over five weeks culminating with an online collection of audio works.


The co-commission will also create an original piece of theatre for Medway and Kent Communities. This new play will be inspired by the book called ‘I Am The Referee’ which is the autobiography of Ian John-Lewis and written by Mark Heffernan.

This new piece of work will celebrate a local sporting icon and will fuse elements of his real-life with drama. This co-commission will enable Lyrici to undertake an R&D phase, to stage the full production for the first time and to deliver a tour to Kent venues.

For further information please visit the Lyrici Arts website:
Twitter: @LyriciArts
Instagram: @lyrici_arts
Facebook: – @LyriciArts