“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 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. After its acclaimed run at Liverpool Playhouse, and marking Manchester company Box of Tricks’ tenth anniversary season, the award-winning playwright Lizzie Nunnery’s Narvik comes to HOME.
Inspired by the tales of navy veterans, this is a play where music and words meet, a powerful story of love, guilt, heroism and betrayal.
★★★★ “Lizzie Nunnery’s thrillingly enigmatic memory play… Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder’s 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
★★★★ “Nunnery’s words and Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder’s direction quickly draw you in. The cast create an atmospheric soundscape, and the plot zigzags like a ship trying to outrun a German U-boat, throwing up some unexpected moments… Compelling, at times almost poetic, storytelling… Narvik’s 80 minutes move swiftly by, and there’s a satisfying (Arctic) circle to Nunnery’s Norse saga.” – Liverpool Echo
★★★★★ “A moving and powerful piece… Haunting and atmospheric.” – The Skinny
★★★★ “When a piece of theatre like Narvik comes along, rich in dialogue as well as music and song, you cannot help but be completely absorbed… Moments of real tenderness, humour and plenty of tension… A strong script, with excellent performances all round.” – Purple Revolver
“An excellent piece of work… For Lizzie Nunnery, Narvik easily stands side by side with her stunning The Swallowing Dark, a play of great importance and dedication to the story, a skillful piece of artistic undertaking.” – 8.5/10 Liverpool Sound & Vision
“Rebel folk endures and develops uniquely – just listen to Lizzie Nunnery” – The Observer
To celebrate the release of the EP of original music from Narvik, playwright Lizzie Nunnery will be performing music from Narvik and her previous albums alongside collaborators Martin Heslop and Vidar Norheim at HOME on Wednesday 1st February.
Lizzie Nunnery is a singer and songwriter, performing regularly with producer/composer Vidar Norheim. Releases include albums Company of Ghosts (Fellside Recordings 2010) and Black Hound Howling (Red Thread 2012). Their last EP Songs of Drink and Revolution was released in 2013 to critical acclaim.
The performance of Narvik begins at 19.45. After the show, please join us in the ground floor bar for the post-show gig.