Life feels a bit like a movie when you grow up on The Island of Love. Especially when there is a vendetta being waged around you, brides are kidnapped from their homes under cover of night, and you find you have suspiciously famous ancestors. This is the Cyprus of Polis Loizou childhood, and he weaves it into an hour of funny, surprising, and unforgettable storytelling.
Polis Loizou is a playwright, filmmaker, and performance storyteller. Born and raised in Cyprus, he moved to the UK in 2001. His debut novel, ‘Disbanded Kingdom’, was published by Cloud Lodge Books in 2018 and went on to be longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His short stories and creative non-fiction have been published in Litro, the Stockholm Review, Tales From The Shadow Booth, clavmag, Untitled: Voices and Inkandescent’s MAINSTREAM anthology. Having co-founded an award-winning theatre troupe (The Off-Off-Off-Broadway Company), with which he has toured the UK festival circuit, Polis has delved deeper into the world of folk storytelling to perform a couple of acclaimed solo shows. Polis currently lives in Nottingham with his husband and cats.
Let’s hear Polis tell us all about it: