Lizzie Nunnery

Writer for theatre, radio and television
View PDF version

Biography

Lizzie is an award-winning playwright.

The Swallowing Dark, produced by the Liverpool Everyman and Theatre 503, was a finalist for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and past work includes the critically acclaimed Intemperance, produced by the Everyman, and Unprotected, which was awarded the Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression. She is currently working on an adaptation of her radio play, The Sum, for Liverpool Everyman and with the National Theatre as part of their Connections programme.

Lizzie also writes extensively for radio. She has penned numerous original dramas and adaptations for Radio 4.

CV

Theatre

Writer

Producer Anthony Banks
 

Currently under commission to the National Theatre of England to write a 45 minute play with songs for young people set in Norway during WWII for their NT Connections programme.

Connections, National Theatre
 
Producer Helen Perry
Director Cora Bissett
 

An afternoon drama about a woman pushed to extremes by debt. 

BBC Radio 4
 
Director Gemma Bodinetz
 

Currently under commission to the Liverpool Everyman to adapt this novel by Georgina Harding to a full length play with songs. 

Liverpool Everyman
 
Producer Box of Tricks Theatre Company
Director Hannah Tyrrell Pinder
 

Currently under commission to Box of Tricks Theatre Company to develop a full length play with music for adults exploring the experience of a British sailor in the Arctic in WWII. UK tour planned for 2015/16. 

In development
 
Director Greg Hersov and Ed Lewis
 

Twenty minute play commissioned for Light and Shadow, a night of political theatre in response to Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending at the Royal Exchange Theatre. 


Royal Exchange Theatre
 
Producer Theatre 503
Director Paul Robinson/Tim Roseman.
 

A full length comic play co-written with Alice Birch, Ben Ellis, Matt Hartley and Rex Obano. 

Theatre503
 
Director Oliver Jones
 

A full length play for adults about travel, trauma and memory devised with the company, commissioned and produced by Trestle Theatre Company. The production toured the UK from September-December 2011. 

Trestle Theatre
 
The Swallowing Dark
Finalist: The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Producer Theatre 503, Everyman Liverpool
Director Paul Robinson
 

A full length play for adults produced in the Liverpool Playhouse Studio in October 2011 with a further three week run at Theatre 503 in November 2011. The play was short listed for the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn award, an international prize for female playwrights. 

Theatre 503 / Everyman Liverpool
 
Director Thomas Conway
 

Currently developing a full length play originally commissioned by Druid Theatre Company, Galway, inspired by true events of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. The piece received a rehearsed reading in Galway University in November 2010 and a further reading at Studio Theatre, Washington USA in March 2011.

Druid Theatre
 
Director Tony McBride & Adrian Jackson
 

Three fifteen minute plays developed for Cardboard Citizens Theatre Company, for a forum theatre tour around hostels and community centres Oct-Dec 2010. 

Toynbee Studios
 
 

Commissioned to write a full length play on climate change. National Theatre, London, 2007. 

National Theatre
 
Producer Everyman Theatre
Director Gemma Bodinetz
 

A full length play set amongst the poor of Liverpool in 1854, commissioned by the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse 

Everyman Liverpool
 
Director Serdar Billis/ Lucy Kerbel
 

A twenty minute play produced by The Miniaturists company. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, June 2007/ Arcola Theatre, London, December 2007. 

 
Director Nina Raine
 

One of four writers commissioned by the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse to co-write a piece of verbatim theatre exploring attitudes to the street sex industry in Liverpool. A full length play for an adult audience. Published by Josef Weinberger. Winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2006. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, March 2006/ Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, August 2006. 

Everyman Liverpool
 
Director Jon Lloyd
 

A one act play (45 mins) co-commissioned by Soho Theatre and the Liverpool Everyman Theatre. The play was given rehearsed readings at Soho Theatre in March 2005 and the Everyman Theatre in June 2005. 

 
Director Suzanne Bell
 

Rehearsed reading of a full length play developed through the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Young Writer’s Programme. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, May 2004. 

 
The Fine Art of Falling to Pieces
Winner: Oxford New Writing Competition
Director Lucy Burns
 

A full length comedy drama. One of the winners of the 2003 Oxford Student New Writing Competition. Moser Theatre, Oxford- March, 2003/ Zoo Theatre, Edinburgh- August, 2003. 

Moser Theatre, Oxford
 
 
The Bruntwood Hub will be led by multi-award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery, who will mentor, support and inspire 7 of the most innovative, critically acclaimed playwrights from across the North who have not yet written for larger theatre spaces, over an initial period of 10 months.
Royal Exchange Theatre
 
Director Alan Lane
 

Anthology piece for Liverpool Cathedral. 

Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral gardens
 
 
Everyman Youth Theatre
 
 

Paines Plough Future Perfect scheme in association with Channel 4 and FilmFour: selected as one of 7 young writers for the development scheme.

 
 
Resident playwright at Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and Liverpool Everyman
 
 

Series of uplifting plays written by Alice Birch, Ben Ellis, Matt Hartley, Lizzie and Rex Obano

Theatre503
 
Producer Greg Hersov
 

Short play to run alongside production of Tennessee Williams' play

Royal Exchange Theatre
 

Radio

Writer

Take Me To Hope Street
In development
2015
Producer Abigail Le Fleming
Director Abigail Le Fleming
 

A Liverpool ghost story in the afternoon drama slot, as part of the series ‘Take me To’. 


Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
The Sum
45'00
2014
Producer Helen Perry
 
Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Anna's War
5 X 15
2014
Producer Pauline Harris
Director Pauline Harris
 

 A five part series for Woman’s based on the true story of murdered Russian journalist, Anna Politkovskaya. 

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Pauline Harris
Director Pauline Harris
 

A five part series for Woman’s Hour dramatised from the real diaries of a WWII prisoner of war.  

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Pauline Harris
Director Pauline Harris
 

A 15 minute radio play in the Fact to Fiction strand, reflecting on the plight of journalists in Syria.

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
The Painted Veil
5 x 14'
2012
Producer Pauline Harris
Director Pauline Harris
 

An adaptation of the classic novel by Somerset Maugham for a five part series on Woman’s Hour. 

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Helen Perry
Director Helen Perry
 

A half hour psychological horror for the series, ‘Weird Tales’. 

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Pauline Harris
Director Pauline Harris
 

A 15 minute radio play in the Fact to Fiction strand, reflecting on the current financial crisis in Ireland. 

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Jessica Dromgoole
Director Jessica Dromgoole
 

A 45 minute radio play with songs for the afternoon play slot, adapted from an original TV script by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement. 

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Julian May
 

A ten minute essay on the theme of growing up in a coastal location. Broadcast as part of the essay series, “Land, Sea and Sky”.

Production Company BBC Radio
Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
 
Producer James Robinson
Director James Robinson
 

One of nine short plays within, “Postcards from a Cataclysm”, a 45 minute afternoon play involving a number of collaborators. 

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Pauline Harris
Director Pauline Harris
 

A 45 minute radio play with songs for the afternoon play slot. 

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
Producer Pauline Harris
Director Pauline Harris
 

A 45 minute radio play for the afternoon play slot.

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 
 

A ten minute play for The Verb programme inspired by the poetry of Adrian Henri.

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 3
 
Producer Pauline Harris
Director Sue Roberts
 

A reworking of the verbatim material gathered for the stage play Death On Upper Duke Street 

Production Company BBC
Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
 

TV

Writer

 

Currently developing a series with Little Brother Productions, set amongst the immigrant poor in Victorian Liverpool. 

Little Brother Productions
 
 

Researched and developed a pitch for a children’s drama series with Lime Pictures as part of a writing team led by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Lime Pictures
In development
 

Film

Writer

 

A three minute film commissioned by Lime Pictures/Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse for Channel 4’s ‘3 minute wonder’ series, to coincide with a season celebrating Charles Darwin. 

Channel 4
Lime Pictures