Indie theatre company Box of Tricks kick off their 10th anniversary season with Narvik inspired by stories playwright Lizzie Nunnery’s grandfather told her about his service in World War II.
Narvik opens its national tour at Manchester’s Home Theatre telling the story of a ordinary Liverpudlian man and a Norwegian woman pulled together and torn apart by war as the events of one summer cause ripples across time.
Nunnery brings together her dual creative strands – writer and singer/songwriter – to create a play where music and words meet, conjuring up a patchwork of memory and dream, truth and fantasy.
Nunnery’s first theatre play Intemperance at the Liverpool Everyman was awarded five stars by The Guardian, and this new work builds on her relationship with Manchester based Box of Tricks who specialise in putting on work by new writers.
Lizzie Nunnery says: “Following the success of the premiere at the Liverpool Playhouse in 2015, I can’t wait for Narvik to tour to a wider audience.
“I’m so proud of the production team and cast for taking the kernel of an idea and turning it in to an epic tale of love and war. The story’s fictionalised from true stories of WWII sailors, including some told to me by my granddad.”
The production will be directed by Box of Tricks’ Joint Artistic Director and co-founder Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder featuring original music and songs by Vidar Norheim, Martin Heslop and Lizzie Nunnery.
The cast includes Joe Shipman, Lucas Smith who was in Doctor Faustus at the nearby Royal Exchange and Nina Yndis from Peaky Blinders
Narvik is at Home Manchester from the 31 January to 4 February and then tours until 25 March 2017. For more information and where the tour is going visit www.boxoftrickstheatre.co.uk.