140 words per day. That’s it. Short sentences, keep brief. Bernadette (Ivor) and Oliver (Slade) can’t waste anything. Yet… sometimes nothing to say. Others… Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons.
“I can’t know you in 140.” That’s not true. But it is difficult. Censorship is what this is. Steiner’s script jumps through relationship history. Barton makes it hard to follow – too fast and choppy to place into context. Half the word quota gone.
Society pays – words power working class. No-one can express. Audience pay too, lack of narrative variety. Show counters with non-verbal cues, understanding between Ivor and Slade. The silence speaks volumes. We are no longer here. Running low on quota.
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons. Title is a pun. Everyone finds a trick, a work-around. A poignant show. We never learn. Always repeat our mistakes. One Word Left. Abrupt…
Director/ Lighting Designer: Jess Barton
Producer/ Sound & Set Designer: Ross Kernahan
Writer: Sam Steiner
Cast: Alice Ivor; John Mark Slade
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons played Marlborough Theatre as part of Brighton Fringe Festival 2017. For more information, please visit the website.