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Review: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at Incoming Festival

29t June 2016

“Words become social commodity”: Amelia Forsbrook’s 140 word review.

Amelia Forsbrook
Beth Holmes performs in Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons.

Beth Holmes performs in Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons.

Idealistic Oliver is raging about the Hush Law. Lawyer Bernadette knows that, until a decision is made, the correct terminology is ‘Bill’. Words are important. Especially when you only have 140 per day.

In Sam Steiner’s crisp script, filtered through Director Ed Madden’s mathematical precision, humour and political energy aren’t compromised. Qualifiers go first. Then, the gaps between words. Loveu. Jokes lie understated. Morse code is overindulgent. “Dot dot dot? That’s three words for one letter.”

Euan Kitson is divine as tense and earnest sweetie, Oliver. He’s like Michael Cera crossed with the perfect English gent. Beth Holmes is all generous smiles and light gestures, as grounded Bernadette. They go through the motions: Frankie and Benny’s, declare love, forge ‘couple’s’ dialect.

In austere, percussive dialogues, words become social commodity. “I’m running low”. No room for argument. Coordinate, or drift apart.

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Amelia Forsbrook

As a Wales Arts International critic, Amelia toured India with National Dance Company Wales to discover whether national identity abroad could ever amount to more than dragons, sausages and leeks. After moving to London in early 2012, Amelia has continued working as a critic and arts commentator. With particular interests in regional arts, South Asian performance, twentieth century European theatre and quirky little numbers involving improvisation, emotional outburst and abandoned buildings, Amelia writes for a number of publications, as well as being a Super Assessor for the Off West End Awards (The Offies) and Associate Editor at Bare Fiction.

Review: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at Incoming Festival Show Info


Directed by Ed Madden

Written by Sam Steiner

Cast includes Beth Holmes, Euan Kitson

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