Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (approx) with interval
Jane Austen sits writing, her quill scurrying across the vellum. She is dreaming up Darcy – a proud, lip curling, handsome creation in very tight pants. But then a door squeaks, a visitor approaches and Jane has to abandon her writing. Now left to his own devices, Darcy embroiders his own storyline whilst his creator stitches her quilt. When Jane returns she finds the plot has moved on and Darcy is dancing to a different tune.
LipService explore the world of women writers – Austen, Gaskell, du Mourier – squeezing in their writing amongst the domestic hustle and bustle of taking tea, choosing chintz and the odd attack of the vapours..
Award-winning comedy duo LipService, makers of Withering Looks and Inspector Norse, celebrate Jane Austen’s life 200 years on.
This new show from LipService is touring in Autumn 2016 and throughout 2017. Email Rachel Sharman on email@example.com 07905 435777.
The show has stage text integrated into the production and features quilting specially created by community groups.
“Swimmingly brilliant and egg-layingly funny!” – audience feedback (Dianne Kearns)
“This merry romp will be as much fun to the novice as it is to the bookworm.. On leaving the venue, you feel one hundred times more invigorated than when you went in, with the chuckle-muscles positively aching at the glorious lunacy that Ms Fox and Ms Ryding punt into the auditorium” Yorkshire Post
“The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction” The Guardian
“Britain’s favourite literary lunatics” The Independent
LipService won the Stage Door Foundation Award for Excellence 2014
Their show Withering Looks, a slice of life with the Bronte sisters, won the Critics Award for Comedy and Manchester Evening News Theatre Award.