Rachel Causer’s production, Lippy, is to be showcased as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival this summer within The Warren programme. The innovative play sees the writer embark on a one-woman show, in which she lip syncs to quotes from the famous women she’s encountered throughout her life from whom she’s found inspiration; from Amy Schumer to Victoria Wood.
From these snippets of speeches and interviews from her heroines, Rachel has created a witty script using the rare technique in theatre of lip-syncing, that celebrates the female and demonstrates how the voices of these females have guided her through life thus far. Rachel, who trained in acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, has said herself that ‘Lippy is a witty reflection on what we shouldn’t take so seriously in life, embracing the joys of female solidarity through lip-sync.’ She has also noted that the play is about ‘the power of words, and how women choose to use them.’
The play was first performed by Causer, in 2017 with TheatreN16’s Maiden Speech Feminist Festival, as a work in progress piece entitled of (re)Play and has been refreshed for it’s latest showings as part of Brighton Fringe Festival and Wandsworth Arts Fringe. It’s initial performances were met with great reviews; ActDrop described it as an ‘Enormously funny and enjoyable show’ as well as A Younger Theatre writing that ‘Causer reminds us of how hard it is to be young, female and desperately trying to play a game you don’t know the rules of yet.’
The all-female team behind Lippy consists of Rachel, who wrote and performs the play, Director, Georgie Straight and Producer Robyn Bennett, whom all work as part of the Word of Mouth Theatre (founded by Causer and Bennett), which intends to provoke a ‘discussion on current feminist dialogues using contemporary means including media & lip-sync.’