Playwright Martin Lynch backs European Capital of Culture bid

'I walk down the streets and feel like kissing a lamp post sometimes' says the Belfast native when asked what the idea of home means to him

A week ahead of the new play Three's a Shroud premiering as part of this year's Belfast Comedy Festival, director Martin Lynch has shared his thoughts on the city as his home in support of the WeAre2023 European Capital of Culture bid.

Sitting in the famous John Hewitt Bar, the Belfast playwright speaks about how he shares a similar relationship to the city as the great poet in that 'it's clay is stuck to [his] boots', despite travelling and experiencing many other cultures around the world.

'I've never left Belfast for any longer than a couple of months,' Lynch says, adding 'so I suppose I'm always at home here.' Watch the full video below.

Lynch is one of a number of high profile names to so far back Belfast City Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council's European Capital of Culture bid, following Eamonn Holmes on Culture Night recently and Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick.

The campaign has also had support from actor Ian McElhinney, known around the world for playing Barristan Selmy in Game of Thrones, and Lurgan singer-songwriter Emma Horan, who rose to prominence on YouTube with mash-up covers of popular songs and has had hundreds of thousands of views on the video sharing platform.

With 'home' the central theme of the bid, the public are also being asked to get involved by sharing images and messages of what it means to them. They can do so by engaging with WeAre2023 on social media, leaving comments on posts, tagging on Twitter and Instagram and using the hashtag #WeAre2023. Support can be 'pledged' online via the official website and clicking the Back Our Bid button at www.weare2023.eu.

Written by Stephen Large and directed by Lynch, Three's a Shroud is a comedy in which an undertaking war breaks out when a new player usurps Catholic and Protestant rivals with her cut-price new age funerals. It's set to be performed at the Belfast Waterfront from October 4 - 21 and runs in association with the Belfast Comedy Festival, which features over 50 shows in different venues from October 2 - 8.

Earlier this week meanwhile Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister, urged leading cultural thinkers and programmers to 'Grab it, change it, it's yours' at the third annual Belfast Culture Forum, which looked at the city's continued growth and aims through a European lens. Read more about the event here. Follow WeAre2023 on Facebook to stay up to date with the Capital of Culture campaign.