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The Convolution of Pip and Twig

We are excited to announce the return of Pip and Twig!

Since its run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Convolution of Pip & Twig has gone back to the design drawing board and to the rehearsal room. Created and performed by Siân Richards and Kara McLane Burke, directed by Martha Mendenhall, with texts by Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell and music by Jim Waive, this latest iteration features lighting design by Heather Hutton and a fresh take on the set design with the help of JP Scheidler. We are looking forward to sharing this newest version of the show and hope you can join us in Live Arts’ beautiful theatre space.

Epic adventure! Spills and thrills! Complicated love! Heart strings! Song and Dance! The Convolution of Pip and Twig is a story of twin sisters whose safe and routine world is blown open when one twin follows her heart into the unknown.

8pm – September 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

2pm – September 3, 10, 17

Live Arts – Gibson Theater
123 Water St
Charlottesville VA

$15 General Admission
$10 for groups of 10 or more (discount code GROUP10)
Online and credit card fees apply, no fee for cash or check at the door.


photo by Doug Berndt

visit WWW.PIPANDTWIG.COM for more details

“The performances are very good…the choreography is impressive…well thought out movements helps develop the relationship between the two characters, even where dialogue is lacking. With singing, dancing and DIY props this is an entertaining 50 minutes…” – THREE WEEKS EDINBURGH (full review)

“In the clown-inspired performances that use the full expressive palette of the actors, there is a playfulness at the centre of the relationship, even at its most acrimonious. This playfulness extends to the production itself, which relishes the visual potential of the theatre: the ocean scenes are a real treat…the characters are brought to vivid, charming life throughout.” -THE LIST (full review)


Photos by Doug Berndt

“Observing the fantastic world of The Convolution of Pip and Twig, it’s as if you’ve stepped through the looking glass and into a children’s pop-up book… Richards and Burke are mesmerizing as twins so passionately codependent that they operate in synchrony.       –  C-VILLE Weekly



2014-2016 Production Team

Siân Richards and Kara McLane Burke Creators, performers, co-producers

Hamner Theater Presenter, Fiscal Umbrella

Martha Mendenhall Director, Edinburgh team

Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell Text Contributions, Set Construction

Matt Joslyn Co-Producer  

Jim Waive Music, Lyrics, Set Design & Construction, Edinburgh team

Opal Lechmanski Sound Design and Sound Technician, Edinburgh team

Zap McConnell Tech Director, Set painting, Edinburgh team

Rowena Halpin  Light Design

Louis Schultz  Sound design, Light technician

Catherine Dee  Graphic Design, Video trailer

Vu Nguyen  Graphic Design

Leslie Morgan Lowry Hair

JP Scheidler Fight Advisor.

Rich Tarbell Silhouette photographs

Will Kerner Publicity photographs

Will May Photo illustrations, Set construction

Corey Lloyd, Laura Covert, Lisa Eller, Tay & Eli Strauss, Thadd McQuade, Grady Smith
Set/Costume Construction/Technical Support

Doreen Bechtol PEP advisor, Box office

Ceri Richards Admin assistance

Ray Nedzel, Denise Stewart Edinburgh Advisors

Past Performances:

December 2014   – Old Michie Building, Charlottesville VA

February 2015 –  Live Arts, Charlottesville VA

April 2016 – Dogtown Dance Theatre, Richmond VA

July 2016 – Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville VA

Convolution Hamnerposter by Vu Nguyen
IMG_6194_v8IMG_6370_v8Photo illustrations by Will May