DOI: 10.5040/9781474274432.00000003
Scenes: 6. Roles: Male (6) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

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 this 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 threads together humour and humanity to tell the real personal story behind asylum headlines.

Nine Lives was developed as part of the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint programme in 2014 and received a UK national tour in 2015.

From Nine Lives and Come To Where I'm From


Bloomsbury Publishing

Zodwa Nyoni

ISBN: 9781474274401

Series: Modern Plays

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