IN the 200th anniversary year of Emily Brontë’s birth, Britain’s favourite literary lunatics LipService are bringing their cult spoof ‘Withering Looks’ to Oldham Coliseum Theatre.
Peopled with some of the great characters from the Brontë canon – and some that LipService have made up – ‘Withering Looks’ is an irreverent and hilarious theatre event to savour.
It takes the audience behind the grim façade of the Haworth Parsonage for an intimate look at the lives and works of the three famous sisters. Well, two of them, actually – Anne’s popped next door for a cup of sugar.
Who is the Brontë’s mysterious neighbour, Mr Moorcock of Ravaged Heath House? Do lost souls really wander the wild and heather clad moors? Should Cathy marry Heathcliff or David Niven? Plus, Manchester’s very own Mrs Gaskell drops by for tea and sympathy.
Described as “literary specialists and comedy duo par excellence” LipService, otherwise known as Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, have been writing and performing together since 1985, touring nationally and internationally.
They have written 19 original comedies for the stage and have twice won the Critics’ Award for Comedy and the Stage Door Foundation Award.
‘Withering Looks’ won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award and the Critics’ award for Comedy at the Edinburgh Festival.
It runs at Oldham Coliseum Theatre from Tuesday, October 16 – Saturday, October 20.
Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 0161 624 2829 or online: www.coliseum.org.uk