Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 25°C

min temp: 19°C

Search

Review: Mr Darcy Loses The Plot, Lip Service Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Feb 22 and Bury Theatre Royal March 17

PUBLISHED: 11:10 24 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:11 24 February 2017

Mr Darcy Loses The Plot by Lip Service Theatre Company

Mr Darcy Loses The Plot by Lip Service Theatre Company

Archant

LipService take us on a witty, clever and ingenious journey with Pride and Prejudice’s Mr Darcy. Deliciously irreverant, the world of the female writer is deconstructed in a hilarious pastiche mash up.

Darcy is a character clearly dissatisfied with the creative process. It’s too slow for him. His writer, Austen just isn’t making him look good enough, quick enough. His male ego is wobbling, so his wandering eye sees him gate-crash other female penned stories, looking for satisfaction.

Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding are a well established double act who know their literary stuff and this show is both a joyous celebration and smart critique. Mr Bingley first appears as half drawn, his body a sketch, then later seems to disappear literally into the background. He knows he is “bland”, but seems happy enough with his well formed calves. Darcy on the other hand, knows his worth. When he gets mistaken for De Maurier’s Maxim De Winter it all feels quite fitting.

Mobile screens are moved across the stage and provide not only clever scene and character changes but also back drops for brilliant moments where characters jump in and out of the live action and film. Each moment is choreographed by Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding with precision: the pace just leisurely enough to make it feel improvised and intimate.

The stage is draped in quilts that depict stories and patterns that reflect the domestic responsibilities of the female writer, and the very real conflicts between creativity and caring for others. As well as the famous writers, like Elizabeth Gaskill trying to write a novel with a baby in her arms, dealing with deadlines from Dickens, we also see Sue Ryding in a unforgettable moment battling with the internet cloud, personified by Maggie Fox as a gate keeping but unreliable all powerful entity.

A sense of recognition of characters and situations creates a warm rapport and this riotously funny and enjoyable show is highly recommended.

Jackie Montague

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Schools in Suffolk held lessons about the perils of knife crime last week in an attempt to ensure students stay safe during the six week summber holiday.

Have you been feeling the heat in Suffolk and north Essex? Experts are warning the warm spell is far from over – with weeks of dry weather still to come.

Two Ipswich parks have again been certified with Green Flag status, awarded to the best green spaces in the country.

It was a trip down the rabbit hole for visitors at Maidenhall Allotments – as guests took tea with the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat.

The latest crime figures from the Office of National Statistics are deeply worrying.

A moped rider was stopped in Ipswich because he forgot to wear a helmet, police said - even though it was inside his top box.

This is our last call to readers to help us choose 100 Suffolk women making great and positive differences to our lives.

Jimmy’s Festival kicked off with a day of novelty and nostalgia, as a host of families came together to watch both new talent and familiar faces take to the stage.

A motorcycle rider was arrested for drug driving after being found with no driving licence, no MOT and no insurance.

How do you Enjoy Woodbridge More? That was the question we asked our iWitness community last week.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24