William Lyons was born in Melbourne and after spending much of his life as a student or teacher of philosophy in many countries, he became a Professor of Moral Philosophy and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He came only comparatively recently to playwriting, developing a strong interest in ‘theatre of thought’ or plays that, while often interwoven with mischief and humour, present challenging ideas.
Previous plays of his have won the ‘START Full Length Play Competition’ and the ‘Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award’ in Ireland, and the ‘Premio Colline di Torino Testo Teatrale’ in Italy. His play, ‘A Beginning and an End’, was shortlisted for the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing in 2017.
Part I of his ‘Greek Trilogy’, ‘Socrates and his Clouds’, was produced at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in 2013, with the text published by Oberon Books – Modern Plays. His play ‘Wittgenstein – The Crooked Roads’, was produced at Riverside Studios, London, in 2011, with the text published by Methuen Drama in 2015.