Lip Service in Conversation

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The Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing 2021

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The Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing 2021

Lip Service in Conversation
Saturday 31 July, 1 - 2pm
Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions)

Coined the “The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction” by The Independent, LipService make original comedy shows from a distinctly female perspective and we have them here in conversation with Jo Fletcher-Cross to tell us about how this award-winning comedy duo came together.

Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding met as Drama students at Bristol University in a very serious Ibsen production which had the audience on the floor laughing. A tragedy for Ibsen but the launch of a very long comedy partnership. Maggie and Sue formed LipService in 1985 and have produced 20 original comedies for the stage, had series on Radios 2 and 4, plus TV appearances. They tour nationally in the UK but have also toured to Pakistan, USA, Eastern Europe and Germany and have won numerous awards.

Jo Fletcher-Cross is a journalist, editor, playwright and stand-up comedian. She is editorial manager at an independent publishing house and content specialist, overseeing print publications as well as major events, awards, digital and video products. She performs stand up around the UK and overseas, including at the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal — and now, of course, online — and delivers comedy and writing workshops. She also sits on the advisory board for Funny Women.

This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).

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