Too often, the term ‘play with songs’ is abused by marketing types to avoid using the word musical in all its apparent divisiveness. So what a blessed relief to find that Lizzie Nunnery’s To Have To Shoot Irishmen is pretty much a perfect representation of the form.
Inspired by the events of the 1916 Easter Rising, Lizzie Nunnery’s To Have To Shoot Irishmen a damning look at militarism, violent revolution and a Dublin community torn apart by conflict.
In Gemma Kerr’s economic but effective production of To Have to Shoot Irishmen for Lizzie Nunnery’s own company, Almanac Arts, it is the atmosphere conjured of the complexities of a blood-riddled Dublin in the throes of the 1916 Easter Rising against a background of the Great War that propels this drama into the mind.
Industry body UK Theatre has announced the nominations for the annual UK Theatre Awards, which celebrate creative excellence and the outstanding work seen on stages throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Notably, for the first time in the Awards history, all nominations for Best New Play are written by female playwrights.
A man falls to the ground, seriously injured. As he falls, ghosts of the past and his life swim before him. This is the start of Lizzie Nunnery’s extraordinary impressionistic sound picture in words and music in which she explores the darkness and unfathomable depths of the ocean.