Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Walrus Theatre is a beautifully written play, a feast of language for those who love words. How do words relate to emotions, and do we use too many, or too few.  What are the right words to communicate our true thoughts?   How does our use of words make us human?

A couple interact, sometimes at microphones diagonally across the stage, sometimes seated together in the centre.  Choice of characters is critical to the success of this play. Bernadette is a lawyer who overthinks, and chooses her words carefully.  Oliver, a jingle composer, is more emotional and needs words to express his many and varied feelings.  But can either communicate effectively, with or without words?

With the play looping around in time, there is an element of reveal to the simple plot, but mainly the reveal is about how the couple use words to communicate, and how their interaction really (sic) differs as the words fall away.  Limited to 140 words per day, conversations become stilted and emotions are masked; it becomes almost manipulative.  At the same time they discover to what extent they can read each other’s face.

And yet as their word count is restricted their greatest joy is in the words themselves.  Random, complex words, and a rendition of the theme tune to Fresh Prince until the words run out.  This play is a reminder of how words make us human, and how far we still need to go to learn to communicate effectively with each other.

Lemons is on at HOME Manchester until 8 Oct 2016, as part of their superb Orbit Festival.


Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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