“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.
Award-winning playwright Lizzie Nunnery explores her dual creative strands – writer and singer/songwriter – to conjure a play where music and words meet, creating a patchwork of memory and dream, truth and fantasy. Inspired by tales of Naval veterans, Narvik brings to life a powerful story of love, guilt, heroism and betrayal.
Check out the production trailer here:
This production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
ABOUT BOX OF TRICKS
“A theatre company to watch” The Stage
Celebrating a decade of new play making this year, Box of Tricks is a Manchester-based theatre company that champions the next generation of playwrights, producing top quality new plays on local and national stages.
QUOTES FOR NARVIK
★★★★ “Sailors and sound effects are a perfect match in a wartime tale. Lizzie Nunnery’s 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
★★★★★ “Nunnery’s unique theatrical fusion of haunting music and poetic imagery… Although Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder’s production works as an effortless ensemble piece, the entire narrative sinks or swims on Joe Shipman’s 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
★★★★ “It has a dreamlike eeriness — and it is acted with a raw and intimate directness… The songs — from wistful, rippling sea shanties to lusty drinking anthems and yearning rhapsodies — are pungently atmospheric, accompanied by an on-stage three-strong band… It has a tang and a tenderness that linger.” The Times
★★★★“A thrillingly theatrical encapsulation of a little-known theatre of war.” The Guardian