'Bull' and 'Lippy' to have London premieres at Young Vic

The Young Vic have announced two new productions for their Maria Studio in 2015. The first will be the London premiere of Mike Bartlett's Bull, which runs from 8 January to 7 February 2015, followed by Lippy by Bush Moukarzel and Mark O’Halloran from 19 February to 21 March 2015.

Bull was first seen at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield in 2013 and won the UK Theatre Award for Best New Play. The production then transferred to 59E59, New York, where it played as part of the Brits Off-Broadway season. Written as a companion piece to 'Cock', Bull sees three desperate colleagues fight for their jobs, using cruel one-upmanship and playground tactics. The set, which is designed by Soutra Gilmour, will offer the audience the chance to cheer and boo the opponents from close quarters, as office politics are played out in an office-come-bullfighting ring.

The London production will be directed by Clare Lizzimore, with lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound design by Christopher Shutt, and will be produced by the Young Vic and Supporting Wall. Full creative team and cast are yet to be announced.

Lippy imagines the circumstances which led to four women’s decision to starve themselves to death and is based on real life events, asking why they chose this fate and explores the human need to tell stories.

The play premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival in 2013, and was named Best Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards in February 2014. It later ran at The Traverse Theatre as part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and will receive its US premiere at the Abron Arts Center in New York in October 2014.

The cast for the production includes Joanna Banks, David Heap, Bush Moukarzel, Liv O’Donoghue, and Adam Welsh with further casting to be announced. The production is directed by Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel, and presented by Dead Centre with support by Culture Ireland.

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