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Mark O’Halloran and Bush Moukarzel

Oberon Books

In 2000 in Leixlip, co. Kildare, an aunt and three sisters boarded themselves into their home and entered into a suicide pact that lasted forty days. We weren’t there. We don’t know what they said. This is not their story.

Winner of the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production (2013), and inspired by a real-life event involving the suicide pact of four women in a small town outside Dublin, Lippy is a play about authorship and the role of the writer.

Mark O’Halloran is one of Ireland's leading actors and writers. His screenplays include Adam & Paul and Garage. He has also written a television series, Prosperity. Plays include The Head of Red O’Brien and Mary Motorhead. Trade, which premiered at the 2011 Dublin International Theatre Festival, won the Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for Best Play of 2011 as well as the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild Zebbie award for best new play. Mark has been nominated for numerous other awards, including a European Film Award for the screenplay of Adam & Paul, Irish Film and Television Awards where he won for both ‘best screenplay’ and ‘best TV writer’ 2007. He also won the London Evening Standard award for Best Screenplay in 2005.

Bush Moukarzel has written 3 plays for Dead Centre. As well as being a writer he works as an actor, touring extensively with Irish company Pan Pan. He is currently working on a new project for Dead Centre, Chekhov's First Play.

Dead Centre make things in theatres. Formed in Dublin in 2012 by Bush Moukarzel, Ben Kidd and Adam Welsh, Dead Centre's first project, Souvenir, was created in Dublin in 2012, and then toured to London and New York. Their second project, (S)quark! happened once in Dublin on Bloomsday, and once in Russia at the Tolstoy Estate. Lippy premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2013 and won Best Production and Best Design at the Fringe Awards, and Best Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards. 

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