Mon 27 February - Fri 03 March 2017

Autumn 2016 | Out of Space Season

A new play with songs by Lizzie Nunnery 

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Inspired by tales of Naval veterans, 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.

“A spellbinding tale of love and loss” ★★★★★ The Stage | (more?)

“A thrillingly theatrical encapsulation of a little-known theatre of war” ★★★★ The Guardian

Available to buy at the Bluecoat on the night : Playscripts £4  |  EP  £3  |  Bundle Pack (with both)  £5

After-show event: Wed 1 March, after the main show

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.

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.   

Pre-show event: Thu 2 March, 6pm

Come meet Box of Tricks, the new play makers. Celebrating a decade of new plays, the Box of Tricks team will discuss our critically-acclaimed touring production Narvik, our playwright programmes and plans for the future. It's a chance to meet us before the show and ask any questions you may have.
New plays are the lifeblood of theatre and playwrights its beating heart. Box of Tricks is a Manchester-based theatre company that champions the next generation of playwrights. We commission new plays from the most exciting voices around and nurture emerging talent. Check out our website at
To book places at this event, please contact the Bluecoat directly on 0151 702 5324 or Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.





Unity Theatre and Box of Tricks Present Narvik - a new play with songs by Lizzie Nunnery
Cast: Joe Shipman, Nina Yndis, and Lucas Smith
Directed by Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder
Associate Producer Amy Fisher
Designer Katie Scott
Composers Martin Heslop and Vidar Norheim with lyrics by LIzzie Nunnery
Dramaturg Lindsay Rodden
Movement Director Elinor Randle



Joe Shipman - Jim Callaghan
Theatre credits include: Unsung (Turflove & Dada Fest), Narvik (Box of Tricks Theatre Company); The Maurie (Writing on The Wall Festival); Waiting for Brando (National Tour); Alice Through the Winter Gardens (Winter Gardens Blackpool); Hatch (Manchester 24/7) Ten Tiny Toes & The Way Home (Liverpool Everyman Theatre); Slow Time (20 Stories High); Wrong Place, Right Time (Contact Theatre); Macbeth & The Trial (Unity Theatre), Winner of Manchester 24/7 Festival Favourite Actor Award 2010 for performance in Hatch. Short film credits: The Swimming Man (LA Productions); The Bowden Tapes; Unintended. Radio credits: The Big Toe Radio Show (BBC 4); Culture; Girl 2008. Joe is also a founding member of street theatre collective Egg People for whom he performs at festival nationally and internationally.

Nina Yndis - Else Dahl
Nina Yndis is a bilingual actress who trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Originally from Norway, she is London-based and is fluent in English, Norwegian & Polish. Her credits include Kavetka in Peaky Blinders, Irena in the CBC series X Company and Jules in BBC 3´s 5 by 5. Working in the Norwegian film and TV industry Nina was seen in Glassdukkene directed by Nils Gaup. Earlier credits are the TV series Spesialenheten directed by Trond Berg-Nilssen. Her stage credits include Else in Narvik at the Liverpool Playhouse Theatre, Lily Byrne in A Man of No Importance, Vivienne in Legally Blonde and Mrs. Roach in Betty Blue Eyes.

Lucas Smith - Kenny Atwood / Sid Callaghan
Previous theatre work includes: Doctor Faustus (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Narvik (Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool); A Restless Place (Theatre Royal, York / Pilot); Last Train To Tomorrow, A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Hallé, Manchester); The Bombmaker, Icarus (The Lowry, Salford Quays), Measure For Measure, Icarus (Edinburgh Fringe); Beauty & The Beast, The Schoolmistress (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); Boomtown Gals (Peggy Productions, National Tour). Television includes: Fresh Meat (Channel 4 / E4). Film includes: 27 Memory Lane (Lupton Films). Radio includes: Adventures Of The Soul, Brief Lives, The Small House At Allington (BBC Radio Drama).


“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

“Acted with raw and intimate directness... it has a tang and tenderness that lingers ”★★★★ The Times

“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 can not 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





show details

Dates: Mon 27 Feb - Fri 3 Mar
Time: 7:30pm
Running time: 70 min
Prices: £12 (£10 Conc)
Venue: The Bluecoat, School Lane L1 3BX

The Bluecoat

School Ln, Liverpool L1, UK