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Get to know the story behind Helena Rubinstein
Cosmetics Queen Helena Rubinstein is well known for her luxurious skincare products and lucrative beauty empire - but do you know the woman behind it all? As a Polish-Jewish immigrant to Australia, she rose to fame and pioneered the first water-proof mascara in a male-dominated world. Lip Service, currently playing at The Southbank Theatre until 28 July pays homage to Rubinstein's career that began in country Victoria.
After sellout seasons in London and Sydney, John Misto's Lip Service, is hilarious and explores an imagined relationship between an elderly Rubinstein and Arden in 1950s and 1960s.
Amanda Muggleton is spectacular as Rubinstein and captures her strength and brashness. Linden Wilkinson performs the role of Elizabeth Arden, Rubinstein's tough competitor in the industry. Septimus Caton performs the role of Rubinstein's minder and gives us a brief moment of nudity. The dynamic between the trio feels natural and Muggleton delved deep to give a fine performance that not only captured Rubinstein's beauty but also her strength and more importantly her flaws. Rubinstein built an incredible empire but along the way she saw her marriages fall apart and her relationship with her sons suffered. She was often lonely and worked as it was the one thing that wouldn't leave her.
Directed by Jennifer Hagan, Lip Service offers up a lot of drama and hilarious one-liners that keep on coming. Refreshingly funny and commanding performance that will leave you yearning for more.