Lizzie Nunnery
Lizzie Nunnery

2017 Finalist


Synopsis: A Liverpudlian man and a Norwegian woman are 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.

Cast Breakdown:
Jim Callaghan, 90/ early 20s, from Liverpool, male
Else Dahl, 25, from Oslo, female
Lucya, 30s, Russian (Else and Lucya are played by one actor) female
Kenny Atwood, 30s, from London, male
Sid Callaghan, mid 20s, Jim’s father (Kenny and Sid are played by one actor), male
The Band (3 musicians; piano, mandolin, percussion, synth, voice) male/female

Set/Costume Requirements: The play is multi-location and non-naturalistic so could be performed with minimal set, costumes and props. The current production uses a versatile set created from metal and plastic pipe work that suggests a ship’s cabin or radio room, but also works as backdrop for scenes in other locations e.g. a basement, a bar, a quayside. Costumes in the current production are historically accurate (British naval uniforms, 1940s Norwegian female dress) but more neutral clothing could be worn.



Play Service: The play will be published by Faber&Faber on 2nd Feb 2017, available online and from selected bookshops. It’s currently available via Amazon and Amazon UK.

Bio: Lizzie’s first play Intemperance (Liverpool Everyman 2007) was awarded 5 stars by The Guardian and shortlisted for the Meyer-Whitworth Award. She co-wrote Unprotected, awarded the Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression (Liverpool Everyman/Traverse Edinburgh 2006). The Swallowing Dark (Liverpool Playhouse Studio/Theatre503 2011) was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. New play with songs Narvik (Box of Tricks Theatre/Liverpool Playhouse Studio Sept 2015) will tour nationally January-March 2017. Other forthcoming work includes The People Are Singing (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio, April 2017), a collaboration with Ukrainian director Tamara Trunova exploring silencing and identity in Ukraine today; The Sum (Liverpool Everyman, May 2017), a contemporary play with songs about magic and maths in hard times; Horny Handed Tons of Soil (Unity Theatre Liverpool, July 2017), a live music and poetry piece inspired by Mersey Poet Adrian Henri; and The Snow Dragons, a play for young people written for the National Theatre’s Connections series.

Lizzie has also written extensively for BBC radio including recent Radio 4 series The Hanleys and is also a singer and songwriter, performing regularly with producer/composer Vidar Norheim