The Lips

A dazzling and surreal big puppet mix-tape spectacle

Meet: The Lips 

The Lips are a chorus of delightfully deviant divas whose mouths have broken free from their bodies!

A luminous outdoor mix-tape show with something to say. The Lips reanimate our favourite songs, celebrate our shared love of popular music and uphold our freedom to speak out, through a big pop-puppetry performance that is seductive yet subversive.

Highly expressive, they change colour at night-time and are best performed after sunset as a show-stopper finale to your festival or event.

Past Performances

The Lips have appeared at numerous festivals and events, including Enchanted Horsham, National Park City Festival, Watford Imagine Festival, Wandsworth Arts Fringe, Festival of Sky Cleethorpes, and the 2019 Outdoor Arts Conference in Coventry.

Sample Mix Tape Show

I’m So Excited – The Pointer Sisters / Baby Love – The Supremes / It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls / That’s The Way I Like it – KC & The Sunshine band / Wannabe – Spice Girls / Spice up your Life – Spice Girls / Something in Your Eyes – Richard Carpenter / Madam Butterfly / Maria – West Side Story film track / I’m Alright – Rolling Stones / Single Ladies – Beyonce / Let’s Dance – David Bowie

What’s Next for The Lips?

We are developing a new show with The Lips exploring communication and BSL, working with deaf choreographer, Mark Smith (Deaf Men Dancing) and Jenny Sealey (Graeae Theatre Company). Sharing artistic skills within a collaborative framework, we are developing ‘the Lips’ puppets through enhanced puppetry mechanics, to allow more nuanced accessible lip movement and explore lip-reading as an expressive form.

We are also continuing to tour The Lips to as many events as possible. The Lips are extremely versatile, and are suitable for both indoors and outdoors. They can walk in parades, perform on stages, and roam festivals and outdoor spaces.

If you are interested in booking The Lips for your project or event, we’d love to hear from you! Please get in touch.

  • “The Lips were just so fabulous...!”

Cast and Creatives

Artistic Director: Ivan Thorley
Designer: Caroline Bowman
Director: Andy Dawson
Writer: Andrew McCaldon
Lighting & Technologist: Jonathan Hogg (Output Arts)
Puppet Mech Designer: Nick Barnes Puppets
Assistant Director: Sam Clark
Costume and Harness Maker: Maya Lohse
Pyrotechnics: Paul Bryce (Lightfires) and Asher Heigham
Production Management Consultant: Gab Burden
Puppet Makers: Richard Gray, Maia Kirkman-Richards, Arna Kristjansdottir and Chelsey Lee
Puppeteers: Katrina Wesseling, Iskandar Sharazuddin, Tom Wilton, Bertie Harris, Laura Reeves, Matt Rudkin
Videographers: Jack Parker, Summer Dean and Jon Purchase

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