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Caroline Faber: Maud in the Up In Arms production In Lipstick

Caroline Faber
Caroline Faber

In Lipstick tells the heartfelt story of both how powerful and how powerless it feels to be a young woman in a modern city, and comes from an all-female writer, director, and producer team.

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 her damaged past; and Cynthia, a woman hibernating from the wilderness of the modern world. Cynthia loves Maud, and Maud loves Cynthia but now she’s beginning to suffocate. After an encounter with Dennis, a security guard at her office, she wonders if she has finally glimpsed an escape.

Caroline Faber, who plays Maud, answers a few questions about ‘In Lipstick’…

Q: What were your first thoughts when reading the script of In Lipstick.
Caroline: What a beautiful play. Funny, unique, poignant. The writing just felt so fresh.

Q: What is at the heart of the production?
Caroline: A sort of love triangle between three people on the edges of society, all a bit lost and vulnerable, but wanting to love and be loved.

Q: You play the part of Maud – can you tell us about her character and her story?
Caroline: Maud is a North Londoner, she’s a survivor, damaged but full of heart and curiosity. She makes up quirky stories and sings karaoke to feel better. She’s trying to find her place in a world that hasn’t been kind to her but she still managed to see all its beauty and nuance.

Q: How do you work at getting into your character?
Caroline: I do most of the work in the room with the other actors it’s what we create together that matters to me. I’m not someone who does loads of planning/researching beforehand, it’s the chemistry between the actors that helps me find stuff. We sing quite a few Shirley Bassey songs so I’ve done a bit of prancing around my flat singing Bassey karaoke and watching her Berlin concert. I do feel quite close to Maud, my dad’s family were north London cockneys so she’s a bit like one of my relatives.

Q: Why should everyone get along to see and support In Lipstick?
Caroline: It’s got people having sex in Arsenal shirts, Shirley Bassey songs reinvented and a bloke doing a header with a scotch egg.

Caroline Faber plays Maud. Her theatre credits include Network, The Heiress (National Theatre) My Mother Said I Never Should (St James Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Paradise Lost (Headlong), King Lear (Young Vic), Keepers of the Flame (RSC/Live Theatre), The Taming of The Shrew, Edward III, The Malcontent, Here Lies Mary Spindler (RSC) and Dangerous Corner (Garrick Theatre). For television, her credits include Berlin Station and Merlin.

Up In Arms in association with Pleasance and Ellie Keel presents
The World Première of
By Annie Jenkins

Directed by Alice Hamilton
Pleasance, Islington
9 – 26 January 2019
Press Night: Friday 11 January, 7.30pm


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