8 Nov Lizzie Nunnery's play The Swallowing Dark at Theatre highlights the ridiculous bureaucracy of the UK refugee system. Myths and dreams will swirl through the Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake ( South Hicks Street) in October as Inis Nua presents Lizzie Nunnery's The Swallowing Dark. From England, this drama deals with the bureaucratic fragility of asylum for one family, but the nature of truth itself commands center stage. As The. 8 Nov That's one of the troubling questions that underlie The Swallowing Dark, Lizzie Nunnery's powerfully suggestive new play. It focuses on Canaan, a political refugee who, five years ago, fled Zimbabwe for Toxteth with his young son. Now, thanks to a Kafkaesque cock-up, his "leave to remain" is again under. 7 Oct There's a lighter, cigarettes, and even a small on-stage fire in The Swallowing Dark at Inis Nua. Yet I'm afraid the metaphor that kept coming back to me as I watched Lizzie Nunnery's earnest but inert play is a watched pot. The ingredients seem to be good, and now and then there was a promising whiff. That's one of the troubling questions that underlie The Swallowing Dark, Lizzie Nunnery's powerfully suggestive new play.”—The Independent. Liverpool has been home to Canaan and his young son for 5 years after fleeing Robert Mugabe's brutal regime in Zimbabwe. They could now lose asylum as the choices Canaan. The Swallowing Dark. View PDF. theatre. Writer Lizzie Nunnery Starring; Allyson Ava-Brown; Wil Johnson. Liverpool Playhouse Studio. Canaan and his son have come a long way to escape the horrors of Zimbabwe under Mugabe. But when Martha asks him to revisit his darkest memories, he's forced to fight for their lives a.