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“Mouthpiece will challenge you, surprise you, and send you out into the night with so many things to talk to your friends about.”
Lee Lewis, Artistic Director, Queensland Theatre
By Kieran Hurley
Directed by Lee Lewis
A cliff. Night. A woman stands on the edge. Her dreams crumble around her. But this ledge belongs to Declan. It is his only safe space. She’s trespassing. They should never have met.
Mouthpiece - the premise seems simple: Libby (Christen O’Leary), a middle-aged, middle-class playwright has not picked up a pen in years and, rejected by the artistic establishment, spends her time brooding around town. Declan (Jayden Popik) is a 17-year-old struggling with a volatile home life in a deprived housing estate, but in possession of a remarkable artistic talent.
When Libby’s despair drives her to a literal cliff edge, their lives collide.
Libby is a woman who has wasted her opportunities, while Declan is a young man who will never be offered any. He has a story, and she has the voice to tell it… but does she have the right to? When does inspiration become theft?
Why should I see it?
With Mouthpiece, which took out top prize at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, playwright Kieran Hurley looks theatre squarely in the face, and challenges audiences to question the kinds of stories told and the power of the people who get to tell them. This is the kind of play that makes you wonder at the sheer imagination and skill of great theatre writing, and is the perfect piece with which Queensland Theatre can reconnect with its audiences after six months of silence on our stages.
Designer Renée Mulder
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Sound Designer Tony Brumpton
Dialect translation by Phil Spencer
Libby Christen O’Leary
Declan Jayden Popik
Image credit David Kelly Photography
“★★★★★ Provoking laughter and tears in equal measure, Mouthpiece (was) a highlight of the Adelaide Festival – it needs to tour the country widely, and urgently so.” Arts Hub
“The audience is tossed between sobs, belly laughs, and breathless, wide-eyed suspense... This is intelligent, investigative theatre at its most entertaining.” EDFEST
“A play that wrestles fiercely and brilliantly with the dilemmas faced by serious artists in a bitterly divided society... This astonishing 90-minute two-handed drama powers to its riveting and challenging climax.”
“Heart-in-mouth moving, grimly exhilarating.” TIME OUT
Contains sexual references, strong language and references to suicide.
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Mouthpiece is funded through the Queensland Government’s $22.5 million two-year Arts and Cultural Recovery Package.
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