LIP SERVICE – INSPECTOR NORSE
(OR THE GIRL WITH TWO SCREWS LEFT OVER)
LOWRY, SALFORD – SATURDAY 6 APRIL 2013
With the rise of “Nordic noir” it seemed only right that Award winning Manchester theatre duo Lip Service tackle this in their latest offering “Inspector Norse”. Complete with a fully knitted set by the good knitters of Great Britain, “Inspector Norse” touched down at The Lowry in Salford over the weekend. Packed full of one liners, clever puns and visual gags Lip Service never fail to amuse and taking a sideways swipe at the genre and all things Swedish this is no exception. Set in a desolate part of Sweden a murder takes place on the estate of a former member of Swedish pop sensation FABBA and the murderer’s trail begins to unravel as the knitted snow melts. It’s all here; songs, a wonderful Bjork inspired selection of poetry, a fantastic introductory film and the usual conspiratorial asides to the audience and of course audience engagement as we become “stakeholders” in the production to “satisfy the Arts Council grant”. With the inclusion of a member of the audience as a suspect and the creation of Spjorklers leading to perhaps the best knitted firework display I have ever seen, Lip Service prove once again that their mixture of wit and wonderment is a perfect antidote to a dreary and cold Saturday in Salford. FABBA indeed.
Lip Service are currently touring with this production and details can be found at http://www.lip-service.net/shows/inspector-norse where you can also learn how to knit for the show!
This review first appeared in The Manchester Gazette