Martin Lynch


Martin Lynch was born in 1950 and lived in North and West Belfast.

He was inspired by a tour of John Arden’s ‘The Non Stop Connolly Show’ to create a community theatre company, the Turf Lodge Fellowship in 1976. As Writer in Residence at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast in the early eighties, his first professional plays, ‘Dockers’, ‘The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty’ and ‘Castles in the Air’ were produced.

He co-founded and directed the Community Arts Forum, an umbrella body promoting the sector and now manages his company, GBL Productions.

He produces and writes to popular acclaim. Notable productions have included ‘The Belfast Carmen’, ‘The History of the Troubles Accordin’ to My Da’ and ‘Dancing Shoes – the George Best Story.’

‘I regret every moment that I believed violence was an option’.
Martin Lynch, Belfast Telegraph 20th August 2007


Christopher Murray, Twentieth Century Irish Theatre: Mirror Up to a Nation; Manchester University Press 1997

Tom Maguire, Making Theatre in Northern Ireland: Through and Beyond the Troubles; University of Exeter Press 2006

Anthony Roche, Contemporary Irish Drama from Beckett to McGuinness; Gill & Macmillan Dublin 1995