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Horror for Wimps
Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding have always been terrified of horror movies or indeed anything involving the remotest drop of bloodletting. Famously during a screening of Wild at Heart, they buried their heads in the back of the seat in front, glancing up only occasionally before disappearing off to Marks and Spencers to buy winceyette pyjamas. So don't worry, if you too are faint-hearted, this show has been written with you in mind. You should be able to watch it right the way through without having to nip out to buy nightwear.
When the going gets gory, the characters simply skip channels, watch the adverts or change the language to Japanese. There may be the occasional swivelling head and severed hand but nothing you can't cope with.
The show brings together some LipService favourites. Directed by Mark Chatterton, who directed Very Little Women and Women on the Verger, designed by Martin Johns, with original music by Akintayo Akinbode. This show is a stage/film interaction with the film made by Wrench and Franks, who last worked with us on Knit One Murder One.
The Stage Online
Horror for Wimps
Having tackled the Brontes, Aga sagas and Agatha Christie, Lip Service turns its wicked gaze on horror films. But since neither member of the cast enjoys being scared witless, Horror for Wimps is designed only to cause screams of laughter. The scariest things by far are the fuchsia dress featured in The Talisman, a cult British horror masterpiece, and the cut-glass accents from the same movie. Into this film strays Keith, a nerd whose sublime boringness is worn by Maggie Fox with as much pride as the dress. Sue Ryding meanwhile gets to wear the oatmeal option, unflattering shorts and towelling robes but she does get to turn her head right round. As well as their many quick changes of costume and character, Maggie and Sue also get the chance to do parody film and television inserts. These are stunningly good, thanks not only to their playing (the fifties children’s puppeteer is sublime) but to the spot-on pastiche filming by Wrench and Franks. These, together with equally exact musical pastiches by Akintayo Akinbode and the wonderfully tacky designs by Martin Johns, add immeasurably to the pleasures of a wildly funny production. You don’t have to be a horror buff to enjoy this gloriously silly show but it helps if you have a nodding acquaintance with the stilted exchanges of bad British melodrama and the verbal confusions that can arise from having a maid called Else. Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding are true national treasures and should be ‘damed’ at once.
Monday 24 October 2005