Sunday, 21 August 2016

Lemons Lemons Lemons Leomons FRINGE REVIEW


Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons
By Sam Stenier
At Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Quirky and cute at times, Lemons explores our use of language more specifically the function of it and the impact limiting this would have on our world.

As play structures go, Lemons is enviably genius to say the least. I started off thinking “eh, am I supposed to get this, what did I miss”. Until about half way through at which point it shifted to “man I would never have thought of that”. Everything falls so perfectly into place in this language jigsaw. It brought us full circle in a way I’ve not seen before, it was bizarrely satisfying.

Lemons made me the woman watching a show by herself who laughs out loud, thankfully Obwas in good company with the whole theatre in giggles. Lemons is a perfect balance of hilarious and serious, if there is such a thing.

Lemons fits perfectly into a world where face to face communication is constantly reducing, that is unless you count the one line splatter across your face on Snapchat which you then ping around to your friends. Do we cease the opportunities to tell people what we’re really thinking – be that good or bad. Lemons made me think if things were to change tomorrow would I be happy with what I’d said to date when freedom existed, who knows? Lemons takes a serious matter and mixes in the perfect amount of humour!, such as with our constant “we’ll talk about it later” saga. When is later, what if there is no later? Would we be like Oliver and Bernadette, starting off on the good “I love you” foot but rapidly spiralling down the here are the bits I don’t like and could you please stop doing X in bed...”I want to feel sexy and powerful and like we could be in Basic Instinct or Brokeback Mountain...”. Either way it made for hilarious viewing.

Steiner puts an interesting spin on the matter of who needs more words. It dawned on me that I’d never really thought about things in this way before and I’m not sure why. This was perfectly summed up when Oliver goes into full blown rant for the working class needing more words: “the powerful stay powerful because nobody’s got enough words to challenge then, nepotism multiplies exponentially and becomes basically the only way of getting jobs because well, who’s got enough words for interviews?”

All in all Lemons truly fascinated me, it challenged my perception of language use in a hilarious way I didn’t think possible.


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