Lip Service (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Lip Service

Matter of fact and moving study of human emotions

Bravery, authenticity, vulnerability. It seems these are three things that Becki Gerrard wants to prove during her autobiographical solo show. Her theatrical device – being totally naked throughout, and making it very clear just quite how comfortable she is about it (a three-minute vigorous scissor kicking dance workout eliminates any doubt) – may underline the level of honesty and exposure she’s aiming for, but it somehow detracts from the actual storytelling.

Piecing together her family tree through faded photos, old family videos and sweetly mundane domestic anecdotes, the 25-year-old Dundonian paints a very three-dimensional picture of the girl she is, and how she came to be that person. Her gutsiness (inherited from her grandma), the single varicose vein behind her knee (from her dad’s side of the family), the try-hard tendencies (perhaps a reaction to the implied death of her sister) are all explained through her matter of fact, and occasionally very moving, performance. Although it makes for an interesting study of one human’s emotional make-up, it seems the process may perhaps be ultimately more cathartic for her than it is rewarding for her audience.

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Lip Service

  • 3 stars

'There will be skin, guts and honesty.' Autobiographical solo performance about family, roots and the inherited body. Melancholic, nostalgic, humorous examination of who and what came before, what is inscribed and what we bring with us. Beautiful and provocative, 'Lip Service' invites us to look back and remember, yet…