Founded in Belfast over ten years ago by leading Northern Ireland playwright, Martin Lynch, GBL Productions is a theatre company that produces shows for tour in Ireland and the UK.
Based in the busy Cathedral Quarter area of Belfast, GBL aims to produce shows that give audiences ‘a good night out.’ While primarily producing Irish work, GBL has successfully toured its shows all over Ireland and the UK.
In 2010 Martin was joined in the company by actor Joe Rea. Joe has played a key role in the continued success of the company as Director Of Development.
Having since worked for most of the major theatres in Ireland, north and south, in 2002 Martin decided it was time to produce his own work and that of others including fellow Belfast playwright, Marie Jones (Stones In His Pockets). Enjoying a long association with Marie, going back to the early 1980s, Martin went on to produce A Night In November (Jones) starring comedian Patrick Kielty at the Belfast Grand Opera House. It soon transferred for a very lengthy and successful London run - in association with The Ambassador Group - at the Trafalgar Studios.
It’s been non-stop since. The plays keep coming and the audiences keep turning up in amazing numbers. Productions include: The Interrogation Of Ambrose Fogarty (Lynch), Lay Up Your Ends (Jones/Lynch) Women On The Verge Of HRT (Jones), Dancing Shoes – The George Best Story (Jones/Lynch) A Night With George (Brenda Murphy/Donna O’Connor), 51 Shades Of Maggie (Leesa Harker), Fly Me To The Moon (Jones) etc.
Martin Lynch has been writing plays for over 30 years and has seen his work produced in many parts of the world including, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, England, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Brighton Festival, the USA, Romania, Russia, Canada, Australia, etc. He has also written many plays for BBC Radio 3 and 4. He co-wrote the screenplay for the Sam Goldwyn film, A Prayer For The Dying starring Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins and Liam Neeson.
Born and brought up in the docks area of Belfast, Martin started out in Community Theatre at Turf Lodge, his local council estate in the heart of West Belfast. He was soon appointed Resident Playwright at the Lyric Theatre, the main producing theatre in Belfast, where his early plays of strong political and social themes had a huge impact, attracting large audiences.
Born and brought up in Belfast, Martin has combined his roles of writer and producer for over 30 years. He has written plays for a wide variety of theatre companies, BBC Radio 4 and screen. One of Northern Ireland’s most controversial writers, Martin was awarded the prestigious award of Belfast Ambassador July 2013.
Deirdre graduated with a Masters in Professional and Management Development from the University Of Ulster in June 2004. Deirdre has worked as Project Administrator for GBL Productions, Green Shoot Productions and MAC Productions since 2005.