New writing is in the spotlight with the Everyman Company’s penultimate production of the season, which opens tonight (Saturday May 6).
Liverpool playwright Lizzie Nunnery’s latest work The Sum reflects the aspirations and concerns of families in the city. Described as “a powerful play with songs”, the company says the piece is about “finding the magic formula to the problems of life”. It runs until Saturday, May 20.
The Sum is set in Toxteth where a young mother, Eve, is struggling to make ends meet, constantly juggling the sums in her head that will keep her family fed and sheltered. Things take a turn for the worse when her husband Danny has a car accident and her own zero-hours contract goes on life support.
In this zero-sum game she must ask herself what lengths she’s prepared to go to and what part of herself she would sell to keep things adding up.
Director Gemma Bodinetz said: “No company season would be complete without a contemporary world premiere of a play set in Liverpool by a local writer.
“Lizzie Nunnery is now widely acknowledged to be one this country’s most exciting playwrights as well as a celebrated singer/songwriter. The Sum is possibly her most ambitious work; a heady and moving cocktail of sharp dialogue, poetic sensibility and quite remarkable songs.”
Nunnery is an award-winning playwright. The Everyman & Playhouse have premiered a number of her plays, including the critically acclaimed Intemperance, Amnesty International Award-winning Unprotected, Narvik and The Swallowing Dark. Her other work in 2017 includes The People Are Singing (Royal Exchange Studio); Horny Handed Tons of Soil (Unity Theatre) and The Snow Dragons, a play for young people for National Theatre’s Connections Series.
Songs from Nunnery, compser and Musical Director Vidar Norheim and musician Martin Heslop are threaded through the play.
For tickets and more information, head to the Everyman’s website.