Presented by Critical Mass. Written and directed by Sarah Chew

★★★★★ “Mixing the more colourful and camp with the harsh realities of inequality and creative restaint for the Iranian women is a powerful storytelling device.” Rev Stan

★★★★ “Takes risks, asks questions and is unapologetically political… You should go and experience it.” Everything Theatre

★★★★ “Powerful and, at times, intensely moving… [Lipstick] is not only political but very good.” British Theatre

“Very much worth seeing.” British Theatre Guide

London, Summer 2010. Orla and Mark cordially invite you to the grand opening of their fabulous new drag bar.  There’s one problem. Orla has just returned from witnessing a failed revolution. By accident. 

Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran is a story of rage, redemption, and weaponised  whimsy, which straddles Tehran, Derry and London.

Lipstick stars the award-winning actor Siobhan O’Kelly (Jack Taylor, Klondike) as Orla and celebrated drag legend Nathan Kiley/Topsie Redfern (Mary Sunshine in Chicago; Rubbed) as Mark.

Artwork credit Flavia Fraser Cannon  

26 Feb - 24 Mar 2019

Press Night: 28 Feb


£16, £13 concession

Unreserved seating

Age Recommendation: 14+

Warning: Nudity


“Clever, entertaining and powerful.”

Rev Stan


“Wonderfully provocative.”

Mind the Blog


“Takes risks, asks questions and is unapologetically political.”

Everything Theatre


“Uniquely told and poignant.”

Phoenix Arts Club

Lipstick | Rehearsal Gallery

Lipstick | Production Gallery

Lipstick | Trailer

Lipstick | Audience Reactions



Nathan Kiley/Topsie Redfern


Siobhan O’Kelly

Production Team

Writer and Director

Sarah Chew


Molly Beth Morossa

Musical Director

Eamonn O’Dwyer

Lighting Designer

Jack Weir

Set Designer

Sam Wilde and Elizabeth Harper

Sound Designer

Angus Kemp

Costume Designer

Molly Beth Morossa

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