Nine Lives

Friday 23rd October

9Lives JPEG 3Some of us were fleeing.
Some of us were persecuted
Some of us were stripped and beaten
Some of us were dispersed.
Some of us were alone.
Some of us didn’t cheat.
Some of us held on to our integrity.
Some of us had dreams turn into boulders.
Some of us were begging for a taste of your liberty.

One man and a suitcase filled with the past, uncertainty, high heels, brokenness, African dancing shells and hope.

Ishmael has been outed, along with his lover David. He has sought sanctuary in the UK, but is his evidence enough? As Ishmael waits to hear his fate, he encounters new friends, and enemies, all the while looking for a place to call home again.

Zodwa Nyoni (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Channel 4 Writer in Residence 2014) threads together humour and humanity to tell the real personal story behind asylum headlines.

“Nyoni’s interweaving of naturalism and poetry is superb, and lifts this show far beyond documentary, into unforgettable solo drama about one of the key experiences of our time.” Joyce McMillan The Scotsman