Ness Lyons

Ness Lyons is a playwright, spoken word artist and qualified solicitor. She creates punchy, funny and thought-provoking performance work about social and legal issues. Her plays and poems have been performed at various venues including the West End’s Criterion Theatre; the Lyric Hammersmith; Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford; The Arcola Theatre; and at Royal Festival Hall as part of Women of the World Festival. Her first short film, I Smile Politely, in which a young woman learns to speak up against street harassment, was screened at the international Encounters Short Film Festival 2016, and her first spoken word and storytelling show, Sometimes I Smile Politely, was on in June as part of the Off Beat Festival. She is currently developing several scripts including semi-biographical play ‘The Robing Room’ about barrister Felicity Gerry QC and the sexual offence cases she has prosecuted and defended; and ‘Germline’, set in Hong Kong, an extract of which will be staged as part of ‘Foreign Goods 3’ by Pokfulam Productions at The Arcola in January 2018. Ness has an MA in playwriting & screenwriting and is a previous member of Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab and Criterion Theatre’s New Writing Programme. Born in Dartford, she grew up in Hong Kong and lived in California before settling in London. She has two children, and being a mother greatly informs her writing.