Presented by Critical Mass. Written & directed by Sarah Chew
Part theatre, part drag cabaret, Lipstick: a fairy tale of modern Iran is inspired by time writer/director Sarah Chew spent in Tehran during the Green Uprising of 2010. So, I live with this geeky, kind of brilliant boy. Every night, the clock chimes midnight, and this boy turns into the most beautiful woman in all the world. It’s gorgeous. Just, it’s a fairytale. And that makes me scared that it’s bollocks.
London, Summer 2010. Orla and Mark cordially invite you to the grand opening of their fabulous new drag bar. There’s one problem. Orla has just returned from witnessing a failed revolution. By accident.
Part theatre, part drag cabaret, Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran is a story of rage, redemption and weaponised whimsy, which straddles Tehran, Derry and London. Lipstick stars the award-winning actor Siobhan O’Kelly(Jack Taylor, Klondike) as Orla and celebrated drag legend Nathan Kiley/Topsie Redfern(Mary Sunshine in Chicago; Rubbed) as Mark. Artwork credit Flavia Fraser Cannon
Images from 2018 Work In Progress performances. Lipstick: a fairy tale of modern Iran at The Omnibus Theatre, starring Laura Dos Santos and Nathan Kiley / Topsie Redfern. Photography by Flavia Fraser-Canon
Images from 2015 Work In Progress performances - Lilac Wine: a fairy tale of modern Iran at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, staring Lizzie Hopley and Nick Blackburn. Artwork by Aaron Jacob Jones.