“Things don’t change no matter how much you want them to. You try, you run away, you make things new but they’re not. Same old shit covered in lipstick.”
Maud, a woman on the run from damage buried in her past, has sheltered Cynthia from the wildness of the world for the last few years. Cynthia loves Maud, and Maud loves Cynthia, but now she’s starting to suffocate. When she meets Dennis, a security guard at the office where she works, she thinks for a moment that she’s glimpsed an escape.
While Cynthia, the nocturnal recluse, sleeps, clinging to YouTube videos of Shirley Bassey, their dressing up box and McDonald's, Maud is preparing for the greatest performance of her life.
Jenkins has an ability for writing care within her characters, and we feel the ache of the effort they invest. Under the comedy and bravado, each long for an intimacy that isn’t laced with fear
Warmly performed play about complicated relationships undermined by an unbelievable ending
In Lipstick is at its strongest when Jenkins trusts the audience to come to their own conclusions about her characters' motivations
At times impenetrable, at times bizarre, this is a memorable and entertaining debut play from a writer full of promise
There's some very good writing here. The final scene is clearly indebted to Pinter but has the energy and the element of hysteria that's found in all Shirley Bassey's performances
This new play is an undeniable triumph