Writer: Bush Moukarzel with Mark O’Halloran
Director: Ben Kidd
Reviewer: John Roberts
Bush Moukarzel has been challenging perceptions on theatre and it’s delivery for many years and it wasn’t until the arrival of Lippy at the Dublin Fringe last year that he truly found a piece that would not only push what audiences are watching but also ask some pivotal questions about ownership and authorship.
In 2000 in the small town of Leixlip in County Kildare an aunt and 3 sisters locked themselves into their home and entered into a suicide pact – one which would see them without food and water for nearly 40 days before the inevitable happened.
Moukarzel uses this as the basis of his exploration of the rôle of the writer and authorship. We will never know what happened in that room to the four women in Ireland but Moukarzel isn’t wanting to explore that, instead he challenges us about how we perceive the information we are given.
Lippy isn’t the most accessible piece of theatre, its presentation fuses physical theatre, traditional drama, and elements of performance art and it can cause a barrier between the subject matter and the audiences connection with the piece (noted by several walkouts on the afternoon I saw the piece).
What can’t be denied though is the intensity and conviction from the performers, especially from the four women Joanna Banks, Gina Moxley, Catríona Ní Mhurchú and Liv O’Donoghue who express the pain and inner turmoil of these mysterious women with an assured fragility.
Thought provoking but not for everybody.
Runs until 25th August