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Eating the Copper Apple is a soul-searching tale of identity by the prize-winning queer poet and writer lisa luxx. Shaped by her life, it weaves together politics and dreams, loss and fulfilment into a one-woman verse play that explores adoption and mixed-heritage.

Taking audiences on a voyage from West Yorkshire to the borders of Syria through family, romance and culture, it asks a big question: how do we become who we are? 

Both funny and philosophical, this profound piece of theatre examines the immense impact of displacement on our sense of self.

This collaborative project spearheaded by luxx (writer, director, performer) brings together a team of Arab women artists: Nour Sokhon (composer), Tamara Al-Mashouk (visual designer), Diyan Zora (dramaturg), Scarlett Saad (sound engineer), and Alia Alzougbi (producer).

This show was developed and commissioned by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, and funded by the Al-Omar family and Arts Council England.

A digital version of Eating the Copper Apple has been produced for audiences who prefer to enjoy the show from their homes. The online version features the show’s effects, including the visual and soundscapes that accompany the live show. It is best enjoyed using headphones.


Bradford Literature Festival. 3rd and 4th July, Alhambra, Bradford.

Shubbak Festival. 9th and 10th July (two shows on the 10th), Richmix, London. 

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival. 17th and 19th, Toxteth TV, Liverpool.

In this video, luxx speaks at Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2019 about an inspiration that would lead to Eating the Copper Apple.