Reviews OWE & Fringe Published 2 December 2015

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Camden People's Theatre ⋄ 24th - 28th November 2015

A sonnet.

David Ralf
Credit: Giulia Delprato

Credit: Giulia Delprato

Walked from Camden People’s Theatre to Warren Street. Called love,
agreed meet. Hung up, marvelled at the number of words.
Lemons^5 teaches you a game. One hundred and ten left.

Want to say ‘Warwick’. Want to compare Some People Talk
About Violence. Want to say “acting was good” and hat-tip
but ninety- no, eighty-five left. Have to strip it down
Like the overnight press, elucidate quick, brutish, short. No qualifiers.

Mouths and throats can make or fake almost any sound.
Otherwise? We can strike the floor in Morse or fart.
The complexity of sound is why BSL (are acronyms cheating?)
Is so different to English, down to its core, but
they don’t (twenty-seven?!) sign. Sam Steiner avoids rationalising his concept
And though politics is foregrounded with anti-‘Hush law’ marches, (ten!)
It’s ‘flotsam’ that’d go unremarked. Exquisite words endangered. Us diminished.


David Ralf

David Ralf is a writer and critic in London. He won the Sunday Times Harold Hobson Award for reviewing at the ISDF in 2012, and the Kenneth Tynan Prize for his reviews for the Oxford Theatre Review in 2011. He draws pens and doodles at Pens by Pens.

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Show Info

Directed by Ed Franklin

Written by Sam Steiner

Cast includes Beth Holmes, Euan Kitson



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