In 2000, in a small town in Ireland, an aunt and three sisters boarded themselves into their home and entered into a suicide pact that lasted 40 days. We weren’t there. We don’t know what they said. This is not their story.
Shortly before their deaths, two of the four women were captured on CCTV. A lip-reader tries to reconstruct their conversation to gain insight into their last hours. He puts words in their mouths that perhaps they never said. Suddenly, we become witnesses - we think - to the meticulous preparation of their act.
This is a very smart, very chilly play centred on four bodies that refuse to tell their tales.
LIPPY has played across Europe and in New York (where it won two top-honour Obie Awards), and is part of Brisbane Festival’s focus on the work of Dead Centre as Artists in Residence.
"Haunting...ingeniously choreographed...gorgeous." (Ben Brantley, The New York Times)
"Exquisitely executed...Silent or screaming, Lippy speaks volumes." (Time Out New York)
LIPPY is part of a Festival Focus: Irish Rebellion.
LIPPY is part of the Festival Focus. Click here to take part in the Festival Conversation about Ireland.
Once in a generation, a theatre company emerges that shakes up all we’ve known. Ireland’s Dead Centre is that company - one of the most exciting new theatre ventures to emerge on the international scene in years.
With just three major works (Souvenir, LIPPY, Chekhov's First Play) completed, they are already being heralded as trail blazers.
Dead Centre was founded by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd in Dublin in 2012. Their first project Souvenir was created for Dublin Fringe Festival 2012 with guest performance following in 2013 in London and New York. LIPPY premiered in 2013 in Dublin and has since travelled to New York, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Young Vic in London, and Schaubühne in Berlin. The most recent production Chekhov’s First Play premiered in late 2015, and has already played in the Schaubühne and the UK.
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