Lip Service

In this solo performance Becki Gerrard unashamedly shows every inch of herself - body, roots and feelings. We are given a ‘lip service’ on her family history, which - with its Irish beginnings - is extremely extensive list. It is intended to celebrate physical and character inheritances, to show her own pride at every thick black hair on her legs. It reminds us all to appreciate the finer and more extensive details that make each of us unique. She shows herself as a creation of her own experiences and the more indirect ones of her family. Her family’s physical characteristics can never be changed so she bares all and intimately reveals her pride at her inherited assets.The play is composed of a mixture of memories and reactions, from projecting home movies of her father in the sixties to ranting all her feelings at her sibling down a phone. She makes a point of recognising small every day processes and attributing these things to familial influences. These points are clearly stressed such as watching her brew up slowly to express her love of tea. It wasn’t tedious because it turns out that a watched pot will boil if there’s a naked lady in the room. Personal control of her life is also stressed, such as her dancing which comes from the heart, a point proved by bouncing up and down for a whole song. This is a slow play where the message takes some time to become clear. Her family history is not a rollercoaster of exciting anecdotes, but they all piece together to deliver a heartfelt message, that we should be confident and comfortable with everything we are. The excitement that comes with a naked show does buoy up the storytelling for some time and introduces a quirk that allows the audience to tolerate the tedious facts of family history. A strong message is quirkily conveyed in a slow but ultimately well paced show.

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The Blurb

'There will be skin, guts and honesty.' Melancholic, nostalgic, humorous examination of who and what came before: what is inscribed and what we bring with us. Autobiographical solo performance. Impassioned, fierce, dignified. **** (Herald).

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