Brisbane Festival presents


14 - 17 Sep
QPAC - Cremorne Theatre
Dead Centre (IRELAND)

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.

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LIPPY is part of the Festival Focus. Click here to take part in the Festival Conversation about Ireland.

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.
Photo by: Jeremy Abrahams
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Adult $35

Concession $31

Post Show Q&A Thursday 15 September

Duration : 70 minutes
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QPAC - Cremorne Theatre

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

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