Rachel Causer’s new show started life at Theatre N16’s Maiden Speech Feminist Festival 2017 as (Re)Play, but now gets a run at both Wandsworth Arts Fringe and Brighton Fringe under the new title of Lippy; directed by Georgie Staight, it is brought to the stage by Word of Mouth Theatre.
Rachel has been in awe of funny women her whole life, and now, a quarter of a century in and feeling daunted by the ‘Beach-Body ready’ and ‘BIC pens for Her’ culture she needs to channel these strong women more than ever. Join Rachel as she revisits defining moments from her teens and twenties in Lippy, an innovative, semi-autobiographical lip-sync show exploring gender and authenticity.
Lippy is a show like no other, as Rachel couples lip-syncing with the voices of women who have inspired her over her 25 years – including Victoria Wood and Amy Schumer. Rachel explains: “I think it’s very human to worry that you aren’t the best version of yourself but what I try to get across in Lippy is that even our idols feel that way, it’s inevitable. For me, I find strength in funny women and take comfort in their words of empowerment and shared insecurities. Lippy is a witty reflection on what we shouldn’t take so seriously in life, embracing the joys of female solidarity through lip-sync.”
Word of Mouth Theatre was set up last year by producer Robyn Bennett and Rachel Causer with the aim of getting people talking about current feminist issues, using lip-sync and media as part of their productions. Rachel has various acting and writing credits, including Kindertransport & The Clown (actor) and Stalemate & Before Things Happen (playwright). Georgie Staight is joint artistic director at Flux Theatre, and also associate artist with Paper Creatures – her recent credits include Flood, Dubailand & Next of Kin, and is soon to direct Section 2. She has also had her own writing produced at various venues, including Theatre503, Bristol Old Vic and The Bunker Theatre.