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“★★★★★ Mouthpiece packs a punch… this is the best play I’ve seen in a decade.” Scenestr
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.
Go and see 'Mouthpiece', and see your city in a different light. Be shocked and awed, be inspired, and support our arts sector. You absolutely won’t regret it, this is the best play I’ve seen in a decade.” (Luisa Ryan, Scenestr)
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
“O’Leary is masterful and Popik is entirely believable as the foul-mouthed, intense young artist from the wrong side of the tracks. If it sounds grim it is at times but hell it’s also funny in that dark Scottish fashion we are so accustomed to.” The Courier-Mail
“O’Leary’s presence onstage is undeniable, however, it is newcomer Popik who packs the biggest punch… It is a bold and powerful performance. Mouthpiece is a must-see piece of theatre.” Blue Curtains
“…While touching on class differences and the effects of austerity on communities, at its heart this play is about storytelling and the power of art, making it an astute choice to invite audiences back into a darkened room.” Stage Whispers
“… Possibly the best production we've seen in years. This is Popik's stage debut with Queensland Theatre and I think we are seeing a star in the making.” Food Wine Travel
Contains very strong language, references to suicide and sex scene.
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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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Post Show Q&A – Monday, 9 November 2020, 6:30pm
Book tickets Monday 9 November and catch the post-show Q&A with Director Lee Lewis, cast members Christen O’Leary and Jayden Popik, Designer Renee Mulder, Lighting Designer Ben Hughes and Sound Designer Tony Brumpton.Book Now
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