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Chats Place Arts Centre

CHATS PALACE: Mr Darcy Loses the Plot

Until Saturday 14 October 2017
From £8.00
to £12.00
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

This performance is taking place at an external venue, Chats Palace. 

In a nutshell

If you’ve never experienced the sublime silliness of LipService, now’s your opportunity to enjoy their latest comedy classic, Mr Darcy Loses the Plot.

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Jane Austen sits writing, her quill scurrying across the vellum.

She is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip curling, handsome creation in very tight pants. But then a door squeaks, a visitor approaches and Jane hastily hides her work. Mr Darcy is left dangling. Left to his own devices he embroiders his own storyline while his creator stitches her quilt. When Jane returns she finds the plot has moved on and Darcy is dancing to a different tune.

LipService explore the world of women writers, scribbling in secret or under pseudonyms, squeezing in their writing amongst the hustle and bustle of taking tea, choosing chintz and having the vapours.

Featuring quilt work specially created by community groups for this production. To get involved visit

Who's Involved


Maggie Fox & Sue Ryding have been writing and performing together since 1985. They have written nineteen original comedies for the stage, had their own comedy series on BBC Radio 4, many appearances on TV and won several awards. In 2014 they won the Stage Door Foundation Award for Excellence, they have twice won the Critics Award for Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe and a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Withering Looks.

Director Mark Whitelaw

Mark’s most recent work is with Silent Witness star’s Liz Carr’s show Assisted Suicide the Musical at Southbank. He has collaborated with numerous international theatre companies, dance companies and solo artists, including Peter Zegveld (Holland), Mem Morrison, The People Show, Norddans (Sweden), Insomniac Productions, Bedlam Dance Company, H2 Dance, Penny Collinson and Company, and Shamshad Khan. He has also directed several projects for Duckie and has won an Olivier award.

What people are saying

“The glorious, splendidly silly comic duo” The Independent

“The Laurel and Hardy of literary deconstruction” The Guardian

“Comedy gold” The Public Reviews

Find out more

@chatspalace  @lipservicetour 

Things you should know

Suitable for ages 10+

This event is wheelchair accessible.