YOU will always come away from a Lizzie Nunnery play with plenty to think about.

The award-winning playwright and songwriter has plenty of accolades to her name which praise her various 'voices', notably in performance poetry and song-writing.

After her success with Narvik in 2016 for best new play in the UK Theatre Awards, Lizzie now premieres her new co-production 'a labour of love' with her own Almanac Arts company and Claire Bigley.

To have to shoot Irishmen is inspired by a true story - the murder of Francis Sheehy Skeffington during the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916.

A talented cast of four, directed by Gemma Kerr, recreate the horrific events - merging fictional accounts alongside the historic documents.

Frank (Gerard Kearns) and wife Hanna (Elinor Lawless) were pacifists, socialists and feminists.

We hear of their struggles and the injustice of his brutal death instigated by a military madman.

Uniformed Robbie O'Neill is the 18-year-old soldier William who delivers an impressive court room scene and Russell Richardson plays messenger-of-doom, Sir Francis Vane who, as commander of the British Troops, has to tell feisty Hanna the devastating news of her husband's death.

While his friends were out calling for a 'Free Ireland' Frank was pleading for peace and trying to prevent the widespread looting.

He was arrested 'under orders' from British soldier Captain John Bowen Colthurst.

I wanted to know more about this seemingly psychotic character.

He is referred to here but not seen, which is a pity as he would have offered some real dramatic tension.

LIPA graduate Rachael Rooney, in her professional debut as designer, has created a stark, static set featuring a ransacked house as often seen in spy movies where papers are scattered admit the broken glass.

This compact production features original and traditional songs sung by the cast on piano, mandolin while some props become improvised percussion.

One scene with Frank and William in a cell stands out for its gentle humour as the two play imaginary chess.

It runs at 70-plus minutes without an interval and could have benefited from becoming a two act play, such is the powerful story structure.

And I feel more could have been made of the Everyman's in-the-round staging.

We will certainly be hearing a lot more from Lizzie and multi-instrumentalist Vidar Norheim as they continue to explore social history in such distinctive and often experimental ways.

Globe Verdict:

Passion Play - three stars

The production is at the Everyman until tomorrow (Saturday, October 27). Tickets from 0151 709 4776

It is then at Edge Hill University a week on Sunday, November 6 as part of a tour.

Tickets from 01695 584480.