Devised and performed by Rachel Causer and directed by Georgie Straight, Lippy is a personal insight into Rachel's brain and her relationship with her own conscience. Surrounded by cardboard boxes, Causer listens intently to her own voice-over and almost performs as a double act (with herself) to progress the piece along. A lot of the material is relatable, and we hear all the existential fears a young woman may feel growing up in today's society, 'I'm 25... and that's the oldest I've ever been'. The writing explores subjects such as body image, peer pressure and the difficulties of being a woman in comedy, and does so in a way that is sweet, but doesn't necessarily raise any new points.
We move through her life with intermittent projections showcasing photos of Causer through the years, along with songs of the time. The piece comes to life when Causer carefully and precisely lip-syncs along to popular comedy sketches such as Amy Schumer and Sarah Pascoe, although one can't help but feel that this is purely because their material is so brilliant. The boxes are filled with screwed up paper and each time one is picked out, we hear the (often unwanted) opinions of friends or strangers in regards to the way Causer looks or acts. Although she is likeable and has bursts of funny moments, the piece in general lacks originality. With more pace changes and a shorter set, the piece could feel snappier and livelier.
Written by @_FayeButler