Leeds Studio in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse presents

Nine Lives

by Zodwa Nyoni

Finished run

AGES: 14+
TICKETS: £10/£8

Fleeing from his home in Zimbabwe where homophobia threatens his life, Ishmael has sought sanctuary in the UK. He waits to hear his fate, and for a new life to begin amongst strangers. But not everyone is bad… can he find a place to call home again?

Some of us wanted to stop being afraid.
Some of us wanted to find ourselves.
Some of us wanted to belong.

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

See the trailer video here 

Written by Zimbabwean-born playwright and poet Zodwa Nyoni, directed by Alex Chisholm and performed by Lladel Bryant.

Part of the Platforma Festival  – Platforma arts and refugee network supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants from marginalised communities.

Show Times

Fri 6th Nov


It is a powerful tool for awareness raising and combines a stark and direct message, brilliant acting and directing with utter simplicity.
Tiffy Allen, City of Sanctuary

Nyoni’s interweaving of naturalism and poetry is superb, and lifts this show far beyond documentary, into unforgettable solo drama about one of the key experiences of our time.
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

“A cracking piece of theatre that offers a glimpse into an issue that’s present in the country and around the world today.  Adam Bruce, A Younger Theatre
Adam Bruce, A Younger Theatre

Government advice means we are now closed until further notice. We’re heartbroken for our lovely theatre, our magnificent artists, our loyal audiences & volunteers & all our comrades in the industry. Love to you all. ❤️

About 9 months ago