Lyrici means: ‘Of Literature, art or music..expressing the writer’s emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way.’

We are the only Black led theatre company in Kent. We write, direct, create, and produce. And we do all of this with the communities and creatives of Medway.

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to express their emotions, in ways that are creative, elegant, brilliant and bold. We seek to celebrate the beauty of experiences and cultures through stories and theatre. We believe in kindness and act with compassion and empathy with everyone we work with. We extend this kindness to people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and seek to champion diversity and inclusion in everything we do.

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Our Mission

At Lyrici Arts, our vision is to change the way that diversity and inclusion is perceived in the arts.

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Meet The Team

We work with creatives in a way that shows respect, equality and compassion -and is joyous and engaging for everyone involved.

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Our History

We have made great artistic steps and are an organisation that delivers high quality and diverse works.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion shouldn’t just be a buzzword. It should be embedded in everything we do.

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Access

Lyrici Arts is committed to inclusivity in all areas. We provide an accessible theatre experience for our audiences, ensure our events are open to all, and create inclusive working practices for artists and staff.

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Our impact

Lyrici brought in circa £250k of external funding for diverse artistic programming for the Medway and North Kent areas between 2016-19. We have delivered 158 events in three years, with partnership work in four county and national projects, including Arts Council England flagship projects ‘The Collaborative Touring Network’ (ACE Strategic Touring, 2016-19) and library focussed projects ‘Legacy’ (Medway Council- 2017) and ‘The Classics’ (Kent County Council- 2019).

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“Lyrici Arts are a force for good, generously and genuinely making change in Medway. Through national projects and local partnerships, they create the conditions for art and culture to thrive in their community.”

Rosie Scudder, Project Director, Collaborative Touring Network

“Lyrici Arts is building a reputation in Kent for its support of Black and ethnic lyrical work and artists at different career stages.”

Peter Heslip, Arts Council England, Director of Visual Arts in the South East.

"Working with Lyrici Arts was an overwhelmingly positive experience for our organisation, they brought knowledge and experience to our staff in the libraries, as well as delivering high quality artistic experiences for our customers."

Matthew Kerr, Service Manager, Dartford Gravesham & Swale of Libraries Registrations and Archives, Kent County Council,

Supported By

  • Medway Council - Serving You - Logo
  • Lottery Funded Arts Council England Logo
  • logo for colyer freguson
  • logo for kent city council
  • Glasbox Theatre Logo
  • Back Medway UK City of Culture 2025 Logo