Narvik at Playhouse Studio

LIZZIE Nunnery returns to Playhouse Studio with Narvik, a play with songs inspired by tales from naval veterans Following the critically-acclaimed national tour of Plastic Figurines this spring, North West theatre company Box of Tricks returns to Liverpool Playhouse Studio with their co-production of a bold new play with songs, Narvik, by award-winning playwright Lizzie Nunnery from 8 to 19 September. Inspired by tales from naval veterans, and stories of her grandfather’s time in the Navy, Nunnery’s latest play brings to life a powerful story of love, guilt, heroism and betrayal. Set in World War II, Narvik tells the story of a Liverpudlian man and a Norwegian woman pulled together and torn apart by war as the events of one summer cause ripples across an ocean of time. Lizzie Nunnery explores her dual creative strands – writer and singer/songwriter – to conjure a play where music and words meet, creating a patchwork of memory and dream, truth and fantasy. The cast features Joe Shipman (Ten Tiny Toes and The Way Home, Liverpool Everyman), Lucas Smith (Doctor Faustus, Royal Exchange; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Hallé) and Nina Yndis (Norwegian feature film Glassdukkene). Box of Tricks’ Joint Artistic Director and co-founder Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder directs. The production will be designed by award-winning designer Maeve Black, who has been awarded this year’s annual LIPA Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Studio Design Prize for the production. Lizzie Nunnery said: “After developing the show for the last two years, it’ll be so good to get in to the rehearsal room with such a talented creative team. It’s a big new challenge performing as a musician in the show and I’m really grateful for the chance to bring my music and writing together. The show’s fictionalised from true stories of WWII sailors, including some told to me by my granddad, and I hope we can communicate the incredible lengths those men were pushed to. From the start, Hannah and I wanted to create a play about war that broke away from war story clichés and delivered something more strange, gripping and surprising. Hopefully we’ve pulled it off!”