“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.
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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.
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QUOTES FOR NARVIK
★★★★ “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.”
★★★★ “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.”
★★★★★ “A moving and powerful piece... Haunting and atmospheric.”