Lee Coffey

Selected credits

  • In Our VeinsAbbey Theatre
  • Leper + ChipTheatre Upstairs, Project Arts Centre / Edinburgh Fringe Festival


Lee is a writer based in Dublin.  He is a founder member and Artistic Director of contemporary theatre company Bitter Like A Lemon.

Lee was one of six writers selected for the 2018 New Playwrights Programme to mark the Lyric Theatre Belfast’s 50th year celebrations.  He was also a participant in the prestigious Rough Magic SEEDS programme in 2017.

Lee’s play In Our Veins had a hugely successful run on the Peacock Stage at Ireland’s national Abbey Theatre in 2019 and is published by Samuel French. His play Leper + Chip has been performed to great acclaim at Theatre Upstairs, Project Arts Centre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (nominated for the Broadway Baby 5 Star Award and the National Student Drama Award for Best Play) Electric Picnic, Lyric Theatre, Belfast and axis:Ballymun, Cork.  It was also produced by Inis Nua Theatre Company in Philadelphia, USA.  Other productions include Peruvian Voodoo (Theatre Upstairs), Slice the Thief (Smock Alley, axis:Ballymun), Murder of Crows (Theatre Upstairs, Project Arts Centre, Garter Lane, Lyric Theatre Belfast), From All Sides (Dublin Fringe Festival), The Tenements (Collaborations, Smock Alley) and 24 Hour Plays (Abbey Theatre).  He has also written plays for Inchicore College of Further Education and The Gaiety School of Acting.

In 2020 Leper + Chip and Slice the Thief were filmed and streamed as part of a Winter Festival of Plays presented by Dublin Port Company.

Featured work

In Our Veins

Director: Maisie Lee
Movement Director: Paula O'Reilly
Set and Costume Design: Lisa Krugel
Lighting Design: Eoin Byrne
Composer and Sound Design: Denis Clohessy
Photography: Ste Murray

“Lee Coffey brings a century of working-class Dublin to life through one dock worker” The Irish Times

“with “In Our Veins” Coffey shows he has the talent to go places” The Arts Review

Leper + Chip

Directed by Karl Shiels
Set Design by Laura Honan
Costume Design by Veronica Stewart
Lighting Design by Eoghan Carrick
Photography by Ste Murray

Nominated for the Broadway Baby 5 Star Award and national Student Drama Award for Best Play

Spectacular writingSunday Independent

Hilarious, fast-paced and deeply heartfelt. A hugely promising first playMark O’Rowe

“Romeo & Juliet on the hard streets of Dublin” The Stage

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