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Lip*Service


SEX PHONE LINES ENGAGE AUDIENCE

Kiki Kendrick's performance is both heart-rending and thought provoking, suggesting that the female tendency towards the imaginary is an attempt to hide from the painful truths of reality, and avoid the risks of emotional commitment.

Lip Service is an impressive production. The characterisation has depth and sincerity, and the script's unpredictability engages the audience at all times.

Rea Mole, London Weekly Times


ACTRESSES LEARN TO PAY LIP SERVICE

LUVVIES regularly claim they suffer for their art, but actresses Ellen Collier and Kiki Kendrick have really been plumbing the depths for their new play.

They took jobs working as telephone operators on a sex line to get an insight into the characters they play in Lip Service, working undercover for a week, the girls got a shocking insight into the profession of the characters they portray talking out fantasies with men ranging in age from 25 to 80.


The script is brought to life by the play's only two cast members, Ellen Collier and Kiki Kendrick, who made themselves familiar with the job and life as a phone sex operator before delving into the dark world of sleazy phone sex. Talk about dedication, the girls landed themselves jobs on an established sex line to get an inside look into the characters they were about to play. Well their research sure paid off. The pair deserve a medal for bravery as they got off, shall we call it, in front of an audience of all sorts, ranging from long- time family friends to old fellas from the pub downstairs.

Lip Service switches between some extremely hilarious moments to some more heartwrenching scenes of realisation. It's well worth the ?5 as these girls, so the saying goes, will have you by the balls.

Rachael Kirkwood-Ryan


A TALE OF SEX IN THE CITY

It's stark, in-yer-face and utterly uncompromising. It's not a show for anyone with high blood pressure or heart problems. but if you're fairly broad-minded and want a rare and thought provoking insight into another world, it's well worth it.

As you stroll back to the Underground afterwards you look at the semi-clad images in the telephone boxes through different eyes. And that, surely, is the point of theatre.

Tim Harrison, Chelsea and Kensington News


THE FINE LINE BETWEEN FANTASY AND REALITY

The play is performed by two genuinely talented actresses, both playing entire opposites. Lisa is totally forthright, Stephanie holding back for the sake of propriety of all things, even while doing the job she is doing. Also the evening gives rise to quite a lot of very amusing situations - we get to know and and like the regular callers.

Definitely worth seeing. But hurry. Echo Productions, who provided this beguiling entertainment, is a guest company at The Finborough and I suspect has to move on for its own already booked touring dates.

Paul Nelson


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