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Plays by Sam Steiner

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Sam Steiner's Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons is a play for two actors that explores how a couple communicate, along with ideas about censorship, oppression and free speech. It was first performed at the Warwick Arts Centre in January 2015, produced by Walrus. It subsequently transferred to the National Student Drama Festival in March 2015, where it won three awards, including judges’ commendations for writing and direction. The production visited Latitude Festival in July before a sell-out run at Zoo Southside at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and transferred to Camden People’s Theatre on 24 November 2015.

The play comprises a series of generally short scenes, presented non-chronologically, between Bernadette and Oliver, who first meet in a cat cemetery and soon move in together. Oliver's past relationship with the unseen Julie arouses feelings of jealousy and inadequacy in Bernadette, while the latter’s job as a divorce lawyer presents problems for Oliver. But things become more complicated when the government introduces a draconian hush law giving everyone a daily limit of just 140 words each. For a while the two of them come up with ways to communicate with each other within the constraints of the law, but they soon find that without words and the freedom to use them, they're powerless.

The premiere production was directed by Ed Franklin, with Euan Kitson as Oliver and Beth Holmes as Bernadette.

Sam Steiner is a graduate of the University of Warwick. His work has been showcased at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Soho Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre. His debut play, Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, received a Judge’s Award for Playwriting at the National Student Drama Festival in 2015. He is a co-founder of Walrus, a new writing and touring theatre company.