A Fairy Tale of Modern Iran a play by Sarah Chew
A bottle of rosewater, a mural of a martyr and an AK47...
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. When you observe atrocity, it can be a challenge to make the memories fit together. What was it you actually saw? What are you meant to do with it? What are you meant to do with the life you left behind?
Orla is about to open a drag club in London, but ends up in a revolution in Iran. By accident. Lipstick fuses storytelling, vaudeville, theatre, lip-synch and boylesque to explore what happened next.
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.