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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons
02 February 2023
Harold Pinter Theatre
4.0 out of 5.0 stars

How do we use words to communicate? And what do we do if they run out?

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons poses exactly this question, wrapped in a weirdly dystopian but charmingly funny rom-com.

Bernadette and Oliver meet at funeral for a cat, they hit it off and quickly settle into a relationship. But with Bernadette being a lawyer, and Oliver a political activist and artist, there are a lot of opposite opinions standing between them. When a bill is introduced to limit people to speaking only 140 words per day, their relationship is put to the test.

Oliver goes on noise protests, Bernadette thinks it’ll never pass, or be repealed quickly. But despite everything, the bill passes and they are now only able to speak/write/use 140 words a day, minimal communication between a couple who used to speak about everything and anything.

It’s a very interesting play for sure, and exceedingly entertaining. Both Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner are fantastic in their roles, whirling around the stage with so much chemistry between them.

The way the two approach the limitations in speech is fascinating and infuriating in equal measure, a very thought provoking play without it being too heavy!

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