Saturday 8 August 2015

Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons – Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

[seen 07/08/15]

[140] Sam Steiner’s debut play Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons imagines a world in the near future where the government has restricted the number of words people can say to 140 per day. Bernadette and Oliver are a young couple who meet shortly before the limit is imposed – he is a musician and activist, she a lawyer.

[71] Metaphor for both austerity and social media. Real sense of futility of protest. Also, genuinely touching love story. Steiner wise beyond years, great writer.

[59] Director Ed Franklin: beautiful, simple production; Beth Holmes and Euan Kitson: gorgeous, touching, truthful, heartbreaking.

[44] Play reminds from Caryl Churchill Blue Heart to Sarah Kane Four Forty-Eight plus Stoppard and Marber at best. Desperation of trying to say everything to person love within limit plus impossibilty of social change when government control.

[7] Most moving: gives up; just says: Lemons...


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