Heritage Projects

As well as our work in mainstream theatre we have been working with Heritage organisations on site specific events. These include the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Elizabeth Gaskell's House, The National Trust at Quarry Bank, Manchester Histories Festival, European City of Science, Stockport Council.

Recent Projects: Between the Covers - Literary Liaisons

A new collaboration with Elizabeth Gaskell's House. We have made a short film to celebrate the opening of Mrs G's splendid bedroom. Meet some of her famous acquaintances - John Ruskin, Charles Dickes, Beatrix Potter, Harriet Beecher Stowe (all 3 of them), Charlotte Brontë hiding behind the curtains. With a live Q&A from Maggie & Sue. Available as a download from Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Past Projects

Pioneering Women of Stockport, a walking tour looking at WWI nurse Gertrude Powicke, Hannah Winbolt, Elsie Plant, Elizabeth Raffald, taking in the Art gallery, Staircase House and the Hat Museum. Nominated for a Manchester Culture Award

The Hysterical Historical Show – (commissioned by Creative Tourist) Part stand up, part pub quiz and 100% passionate tribute to 6 women who made Britain famous. Featuring Elizabeth Raffald, the Georgian Delia Smith, Annie Horniman, Marie Stopes, the Pankhursts, Mrs Gaskell & Charlotte Bronte. Suitable for studio theatres, WI’s, pubs, clubs, private functions.


Thrills & Quills - Jane Austen's life in letters - commissioned by Time to Read, a consortium of North West libraries, this 50 minute performance takes a comic look at Jane Austen's letters, examines the vagaries of the Georgian postal system and wonders what witty words Jane could have conjured up with a Twitter account. Suitable for libraries, literature festivals, WIs, studio theatres.

Giddy about Gaskell – A site specific show performed in and around the newly refurbished Elizabeth Gaskell House in Manchester. Audience members are given chance to look around this heritage property at the same time as the performance.

Exploding Women (commissioned by European City of Science) – We explode the myth of women scientists, exploring the lives of five of Manchester’s finest female boffins: Kathleen Drew, Queen of seaweed, Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, Rubix cube expert, Caroline Birley, fossil hunter, Marie Stopes, palaeobotanist and Dame Margaret Beckett, metallurgist. Goggles on and pipettes prepared for a bumper Bunsen burner of an afternoon, which will make you explode with laughter. Introducing Ali Briggs as Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, Manchester’s maths genius who was Deaf from aged 8.

Bellevue, Showground of the World, LipService worked with a group of community actors to create scenes for a walking tour celebrating Bellevue.

Secret Coast LipService collaborated With Immersive StoryLab on this interactive Wirral coastal walk using Augmented Reality. You can see a short film about what we got up to here

The Gregs of Quarry Bank – A site specific performance at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire exploring the family who founded this water powered cotton mill, their history, the Industrial Revolution, the Irish rebellion, and much more.

Withering Looks, the movie! – Commissioned by the Bronte Parsonage and funded by Arts Council England, LipService's award winning show moves to the screen. Shot on location at the Bronte Parsonage, in Haworth and on the wild and windswept moors. Directed by Noreen Kershaw, Director of Photography Tim Pollard, Edited by David Starke, On line Editor Eben Clancy at Phantom Sun.
We have also created bespoke projects for the Pankhurst Centre, Creative Tourist and The Green Room. To get in touch with us about our heritage work email info@lip-service.net

Hysterical Histories...

Bronte Parsonage Little Book appeal


The Bronte Parsonage successfully bid for the book and it will be on display for all to see at the Parsonage as soon as it reopens.