Mr Darcy Loses the Plot
Fri 13 Oct : 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00pm, repeating until Sat 14 Oct 2017
Award-winning comedy duo LipService, makers of Withering Looks and Inspector Norse celebrate Jane Austen’s life 200 years on. If you’ve never experienced the sublime silliness of LipService, now’s your opportunity to enjoy their latest comedy classic, Mr Darcy Loses the Plot.
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 hastily hides her work. Mr Darcy is left dangling. Left to his own devices he embroiders his own storyline while 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, scribbling in secret or under pseudonyms, squeezing in their writing amongst the hustle and bustle of taking tea, choosing chintz and having the vapours. Featuring quilt work specially created by community groups for this production. To get involved visit www.lipservicetheatre.co.uk
“The glorious, splendidly silly comic duo” The Independent
“The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction” The Guardian
“Comedy gold” The Public Reviews
LipService, “Britain’s favourite literary lunatics” celebrate a 30th anniversary this year, next year sees the 200th commemoration of Jane Austen and Mr Darcy Loses the Plot tour is the highlight of this auspicious celebratory season. Described by The Independent as “literary specialists and comedy duo par excellence” LipService examine the world of the female writer scribbling away in secret or under pseudonyms. LipService have won many awards over the years, most recently The Stage Door Foundation Award for Excellence. They have twice won The Critics Award for Comedy. Their Radio 4 comedy series was nominated for a Writers Guild Award.
Maggie Fox & Sue Ryding have been writing and performing together since 1985. They have written nineteen original comedies for the stage, had their own comedy series on BBC Radio 4, many appearances on TV and won several awards. In 2014 they won the Stage Door Foundation Award for Excellence, they have twice won the Critics Award for Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe and a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Withering Looks.
Director Mark Whitelaw
Mark’s most recent work is with Silent Witness star’s Liz Carr’s show Assisted Suicide the Musical at Southbank. He has collaborated with numerous international theatre companies, dance companies and solo artists, including Peter Zegveld (Holland), Mem Morrison, The People Show, Norddans (Sweden), Insomniac Productions, Bedlam Dance Company, H2 Dance, Penny Collinson and Company, and Shamshad Khan. He has also directed several projects for Duckie and has won an Olivier award.