[.......] Presented as part of the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint event series, this is one of the most alarmingly relevant plays you’ll have seen in this building for a while. The nature of A Play, a Pie and a A Pint means it is able to be fleet-footed and adaptable. While I’m sure writer Zodwa Nyoni wasn’t redrafting this with less than a week to go before curtain up, the fact that the time lag from writing the play to seeing it on stage can be very short is surely an enormous help in giving it the sense of urgency shot through Nyoni’s piece.
Less than a fortnight since the alarming victory of far right parties across Europe in the elections, Nine Lives sheds some light on the reality of being an asylum seeker in modern Britain. Turns out it isn’t huge flatscreen TVs and cooking the Queen’s swans. Who knew?