A new play with songs by Lizzie Nunnery
'If I was to throw myself beneath that tide... If I was to let the water take me, 'til the cold felt like heat, like love...'
Present day. Liverpool. All alone, an old man falls in a basement and loses consciousness.
World War Two. Norway. A young sailor with a heart full of hope, longing and courage falls in love.
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.
Fusing live folk music and new writing to create a patchwork of memory and dream, Narvik is a bold new play set during the Second World War that brings to life a powerful story of love, guilt, heroism and betrayal.
Following an acclaimed run at the Liverpool Playhouse Studio, Narvik embarks on a national tour as part of Box of Tricks tenth anniversary season. Lizzie Nunnery is an award-winning playwright ('Intemperance' at Everyman Liverpool and 'The Swallowing Dark' at Liverpool Playhouse Studio and Theatre503) and celebrated singer/songwriter ('Rebel folk endures and develops uniquely - just listen to Lizzie Nunnery' - The Observer).
Nunnerys unique theatrical fusion of haunting music and poetic imagery Although Hannah Tyrrell-Pinders production works as an effortless ensemble piece, the entire narrative sinks or swims on Joe Shipmans compelling pivotal performance as Jim, a once courageous young man now drowning in guilt. A spellbinding study of wartime lovers lost at sea. ★★★★★ The Stage
Sailors and sound effects are a perfect match in a wartime tale. Lizzie Nunnerys play with music captures bittersweet memories of the North Atlantic convoys as documentary meets melancholy ballad Narvik is not like anything else I have heard in the theatre Full of rich material A compressed exploration of the effects of war, reaching out to a language other than words. ★★★★ The Observer
'Lizzie Nunnerys thrillingly enigmatic memory play... Hannah Tyrrell-Pinders production for Box of Tricks has a chilled, hallucinatory quality... It is the music a skein of electronically filtered shanties and ballads performed by Nunnery and her regular collaborators Vidar Norheim and Martin Heslop that is used to most atmospheric effect... A thrillingly theatrical encapsulation of a little-known theatre of war.' ★★★★ The Guardian
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