"I’m again exploring the poetic voice the Alfred Fagon Award applauded."
Linda Brogan, winner 2001
Supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation
Nine Lives by Zodwa Nyoni

Nine Lives by Zodwa Nyoni

‘Some of us were alone.

Some of us wanted to belong.

Ishmael has fled from his home in Zimbabwe, where a fresh wave of homophobia threatens his life. In Leeds is the prospect of sanctuary, and of a new life among strangers. But will those strangers accept him? The clock is ticking, and his fate is being decided. Can Ishmael find a place to call home again?

Cast and creatives
Lladel Bryant

Director Alex Chisolm
Stage Manager Emaleigh Plighting

Produced by Leeds Studio in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse

UK National Tour 2015- 2016

HUB (Holbeck Underground Ballroom), Leeds

Lantern Theatre, Liverpool

Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, HebdenBridge

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

Wakefield Lit Festival, Wakefield

Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

Ilkley Playhouse, Ilkley

The Bikeshed, Exeter

Trinity Arts,  Bristol

Malvern Cube,  Great Malvern

Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

CAST, Doncaster

Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

ARC, Stockton

Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

Brighton and Hove Sanctuary on Sea, Brighton

Arcola Theatre, London

23-25 May-  Les Feux de la Rampe, Paris Fringe Festival,FRANCE

2016 Upcoming Dates


27th September Stratford Circus, London

28th September The Place, Bedford

29th September Oxford Arts at The Old Fire Station

30th September Key Theatre, Peterborough

1st October The Back Door, Sutton

2nd October Marlborough Theatre Brighton

21st November Little Theatre Sheringham

22nd November Diss Corn Hall, Norfolk

24th November Norden Farm Center for the Arts, Maidenhead

25th November Hat Factory, Luton

27th November The Observer Building, Hastings

30th November Phoenix Arts Center,Bordon

1st December Stage Door, Southampton

2nd December Bridport Arts Center

“Truthful snapshot of an asylum seeker.”
The Guardian

“Zodwa Nyoni’s monologue, based on interviews with migrants, sets out to reveal some of the human detail of refugees lost amid the media hysteria.”

Evening Standard

“Nine Lives is a moving, empathetic and occasionally amusing glimpse of the asylum seeker’s world.”

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