Cast & Creative

Lizzie Nunnery

Lizzie is a playwright, poet, singer and songwriter. Her first play Intemperance (Liverpool Everyman, 2007) was awarded 5 stars by The Guardian and shortlisted for the Meyer-Whitworth Award. She co-wrote Unprotected, winner of the Amnesty International Award for Freedom of Expression (Everyman/Traverse Edinburgh, 2006). The Swallowing Dark (Liverpool Playhouse Studio/Theatre503 2011, Inis Nua Theatre Philadelphia USA 2017) was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, as was her play with songs Narvik (Box of Tricks National Tour 2017, Norwegian Tour with Nordland Theatre Autumn 2018). Narvik recently won Best New Play in the UK Theatre Awards 2017. Other recent work includes plays with songs The Sum (Everyman 2017), The People Are Singing (Manchester Royal Exchange Studio 2017) and The Snow Dragons (National Theatre, Connections Festival 2017). She has also written extensively for BBC radio.

Vidar Norheim

Vidar is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer originally from Norway. He studied BA Music at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts where he now is a visiting lecturer.

Vidar has toured worldwide as a member of Liverpool’s alt pop unit Wave Machines, and worked extensively in a folk duo with Lizzie Nunnery. In 2011 he was named as Norway’s most promising song writing talent, winning a place at Song:Expo in Trondheim alongside many of the world’s leading songwriters and producers. 2016 saw the release of his solo debut EP ‘Blind Carbon Copy’ which was released on labels in Japan, Norway and the UK.

His theatre credits as composer and sound designer include Narvik (Box of Tricks/Liverpool Playhouse) Cheer Up, The Sum (Liverpool Everyman) and Pages from My Songbook (Royal Exchange Theatre). In autumn 2014 he performed in Bright Phoenix in the Liverpool Everyman.

Vidar has worked on projects with Willy Russell, Tim Firth and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Radio and TV composition credits include The Singer, an afternoon play for BBC Radio 4 and Monkey Love, a 3 Minute Wonder for Channel 4. He is currently writing his first film score for the feature film ‘A World After’.

Martin Heslop

Martin Heslop is a composer and writer based in Newcastle. He has written musical scores and lyrics for theatre and film, and has worked on many collaborations with poets, playwrights and visual artists for live performances, recordings and installations.

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Martin Smith

Martin has led and continues to lead a very rich, eclectic and varied musical life. He values his contribution to original music above all else and has been fortunate enough to be able to keep original music at the centre of his world.

Since being inspired to play music when as a school boy he met and heard the great British Jazz trumpeter Digby Fairweather, Martin has over the last 30 years forged a career as a freelance trumpeter. Tutored by Ian Carr, Bobby Shew (ex Frank Sinatra sideman), Rhys Owens (pincipal trumpet at the Liverpool Philharmonic), Martin also studied improvisation in New York with Marvin Stamm.

Martin’s first Jazz quartet Cushfoot saw their debut album “Our Fathers” picked up by leading British Jazz label Candid Records and was championed on national radio by Michael Parkinson and Humphrey Lyttleton. Recording credits to date include The Coral (including a live appearance on Later With Jools Holland), Super Furry Animals, Space, The Lightning Seeds, Shack and many others.

Martin is a proud lifetime member of the cult JazzPunk beat combo The Wizards of Twiddly with whom he has recorded 5 albums, and has toured extensively in Europe with The Muffin Men (Frank Zappa tribute band) and The BrassHoppers (New Orleans style street band).

Creative Team 

Julie Kearney – Lighting Design

Julie graduated from LIPA with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance Technology and is currently senior technician at Unity Theatre. Julie has most recently been lighting associate on the UK tour of Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone. Julie has designed a variety of shows including Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf (ATT and Unity Theatre Christmas Show 2016 and UK Tour, Omnibus (Royal Court Productions), The Lost Boy (Theatre in the Quarter), Gaffer (Unity Theatre), Scottie Road The Musical and Mis Les (Caz and Britney), The Art of Falling Apart (Big Wow) and Floating (Lives of Others Theatre). In 2004 Julie won the Stage Electrics Best Lighting Design prize at the NSDF for Beautiful Thing.


Laura Lomax – Design/Costume

Laura Lomax is an award-winning production designer for theatre, film and events. Based in the UK, Laura’s portfolio of work also encompasses AV design, visual art, directing & producing.

Laura trained at LIPA, and has collaborated with numerous companies such as Punch Drunk, Liverpool Biennial, Hope Street Ltd and Sell A Door. Her set designs & installations have been seen in the Everyman, Unity Theatre and the Bluecoat, and her AV design clients include the Kaiser Chiefs, Riverside Studios and Arts Depot in London. Laura has production design credits for music videos with LMA-winner Natalie McCool, and has been featured in Art in Liverpool for her interactive art installation ‘The Lissajous Machine’.

Laura’s directing credits range from “Mixed Media”, screened at FACT as one of the top 10 independent films of 2012, to films showcased at festivals including Prime Cuts and Threshold, as well as music videos premiered on Get Into This and on TV internationally. Her work as a producer includes “Lamb”, gold award winner of the “It’s Liverpool on Film” competition and the shortlisted Film Four Scene Stealers entry “This Is England”


Elinor Randle – Movement

Elinor is Artistic Director of Tmesis Theatre, acclaimed UK based physical theatre company, and Physical Fest (Liverpool’s International Physical Theatre Festival).

Elinor has performed in or directed, all of Tmesis Theatre’s past productions, touring nationally and internationally for the past twelve years. She has collaborated with world-renowned practitioners on the pieces, including Tanya Khabarova (Derevo), Nigel Charnock, and Malou Airaudo (Pina Bausch Tanztheater).

Tmesis Theatre have received critical acclaim for their dynamic physical theatre and won the award for ‘Best Choreography at the United Solo Theatre Festival, New York 2015.

Elinor also works as a lecturer at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts), is a trained yoga teacher and has worked as a movement director for many companies nationally including 20 Stories High, Box of Tricks, Peepolykus and the Everyman and Playhouse.


Lindsay Rodden – Dramaturg

Lindsay is a writer and dramaturg, born in Scotland and brought up in Liverpool and Co.Donegal, Ireland. She currently lives in North Tyneside, following a year’s writer-in-residency at Northumbria University and Live Theatre, where she’s developing a new play. She is a member of the Royal Court’s Northern Writers’ Group.
Writing includes: The Story Giant (Liverpool Everyman, adapted from the book by Brian Patten); Cartographers (Theatre by the Lake); A Modest Proposal and Sunday Morning, Dandelion Seeds (women playwrights’ collective Agent 160); Man With Bicycle, ’73 and Writing in the Dark (The Miniaturists); and numerous collaborations with musicians and other artists.
She has worked as a dramaturg in Ireland and the UK on many plays and productions, especially for Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, where she worked for eight years. Recent work includes Bright Phoenix and Hope Place (Everyman); Scrappers and Held (Playhouse Studio); Tiergarten (Metal); Beyond Belief (Tmesis / Unity); and Narvik (Box of Tricks).


Tim Brunsden – Videographer


Stuart Silver – Artist Book Editor

Stuart Silver is a BAFTA nominated, Perrier Award Winning, writer/performer/director/tutor working solo and collaboratively across film, theatre and gallery venues, television, radio, public spaces and experimental educational and mentoring contexts.  In recent years he created You Look Like Ants, the acclaimed monologue with bluegrass ukulele, What we should have original international spoken word and music event and he was the co-founder of multimedia performance group (nobleandsilver).  Stuart is currently co-developing a new theatre/music show for children and follows his featurette for Richard Ayoade’s The Double with his original commissioned screenplay.


Since 2004 P&C has been exploring our hunch that music fans can be encouraged to attend more live literature events, under the banner Phrased & Confused. With national tours, one off events and a regular presence on the festival circuit already under our belts, we’ve learned a lot along the way about who comes and why and about how music promoters are interested in getting more involved in live literature.

Until 2010, P&C was a project within the ‘stable’ of the hub, an arts development practice which combines research, consultancy and training with work as a creative producer (see In late 2010, we decided that the time had come for us to take the stabilisers off the P&C bike, and to go it alone, and so we established Phrased & Confused as an independent organisation.

Since its formation in 2004 we have commissioned over 20 spoken word artists to create new work. Former commissions include Kate Tempest, Dead Poets (Mark Grist and MC Mixy), Jean Binta Breeze and Jason Singh.

Directors: Jenny Harris, Matthew Linley, Julia Payne
For more information visit
Facebook: /phrasedandconfused
Twitter: @Phrandconfused

Unity Theatre offers audiences and participants opportunities to engage with live performances that excite, entertain and inspire.  

We’ve been behaving radically onstage since the 1930’s and to this day, our theatre serves as a counterpoint to the mainstream, championing equality for diverse audiences and artists.

Our programme is innovative, and we invite acclaimed and emerging artists to explore the personal,  societal and political.  We develop theatre makers at every stage of their careers and love introducing our curious audiences to exciting new artists, making work which sets trends and breaks boundaries.

We provide participants with creative opportunities across Merseyside and develop their interests, skills, confidence and careers.

Following an £850,000 capital development in 2017, the Unity, ideally located in central Liverpool, accommodates two theatres, rehearsal space, conference facilities, meeting spaces, bars and lecture rooms.
Unity Theatre is a National Portfolio organisation, funded and supported by Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council. 

Artistic Director: Gordon Millar
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Facebook: /unitytheatre
Twitter: @unitytheatre
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