The Lyceum Announces Hannah Lavery as Youth Theatre Writer in Residence

  • The award-winning writer, poet, performer and director Hannah Lavery will be in residence with The Lyceum Youth Theatre for seven months as a paid fellow
  • As Writer in Residence, Hannah will create work with and for The Lyceum Youth Theatre that challenges, inspires and invigorates
  • This post is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh is delighted to announce playwright, short story writer, poet and performer Hannah Lavery as Lyceum Youth Theatre’s Writer in Residence, supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Hannah’s critically acclaimed work includes The Drift, her autobiographical play produced by National Theatre of Scotland, and Lament for Sheku Bayoh, commissioned by The Lyceum and performed first as part of the Edinburgh International Festival 2019. Last year she also directed Lament for Sheku Bayoh in a highly acclaimed production for The Lyceum, National Theatre of Scotland, and Edinburgh International Festival, filmed and streamed from The Lyceum main stage. She received a Summerhall Lab 2019 for her play Three Pints on a Sunday, written with Colin Bramwell, and was awarded a New Playwright Award from Playwrights Studio Scotland in the same

year. She was named as one of BBC Writer Room Scottish Voices of 2020, and was selected for The British Council and National Centre for Writing’s International Literature Showcase. She is an Imaginate Accelerator artist, and in 2020, featured in a special The Stage 100, which recognised those in the arts who have gone above and beyond in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hannah will work closely with our vibrant and inspired young people for a period of seven months, focusing on developing her creative practice through an in depth engagement with the young people’s questions, challenges and interests. The residency has been themed around a response to the question ‘What Would Greta Do?’ – an idea that came from the Youth Theatre.

The paid residency offers a writer living in Scotland the opportunity to explore the creativity, activism and energy of the young people who attend the Lyceum’s Youth Theatre (LYT), benefitting from a meeting of minds between generations that will enrich their experience of the arts whilst giving the writer a unique opportunity to develop their craft and work alongside the whole Lyceum team.

Hannah Lavery said: “I am so thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with LYT and to respond and be inspired by their energy and creativity. I’m hugely grateful to The Lyceum for the opportunity to develop as an artist and to in these isolating times be given an opportunity to be part of a community."

Creative Learning Producer Sophie Howell said: “Having a writer in residency is a new experience for the LYT, and we are incredibly fortunate for that writer to be someone as exciting and responsive as Hannah. Her dedication to putting the voice of young people at the heart of the residency means she is the perfect fit for exploring the ‘What would Greta do’ theme.”



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