Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons by Sam Steiner
16 - 23 November 2019
Arcade Theatre Company is thrilled to present the fourth and final production of 2019. ‘Lemons
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons’ by young Mancunian playwright Sam Steiner.
‘Lemons..’ follows Oliver and Bernadette, a young British couple who are forced to navigate a sudden
law change which limits the number of words a citizen can speak each day.
“The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Oliver
and Bernadette are about to find out. It’s about what we say and how we say it; about the things we
can only hear in the silence; about dead cats, activism, eye contact and lemons, lemons, lemons,
A break out hit at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Arcade is proud to restage this show, that asks
us to contemplate, in a world where there are a multitude of ways we can communicate, which words
are the ones that mean the most.
The show also touches on the strain put on personal relationships during large societal and
governmental changes, which is timely in relation to the current political era.
The final production for 2019 is presented with live musical accompaniment by Dunedin musicians
Olive Butler and Adelaide Dunn and be held at the Regent Theatre’s new Clarkson Studio. It will be
the first local theatrical venture in the space.
The partnership between Arcade and the Regent has been long in the works and both parties are
excited to see this partnership come to fruition. “Having the opportunity to work with Dunedin’s major
professional venue is certainly a game changer for Arcade” said company general manager Kate
Schrader. “Since the loss of the Fortune Theatre there has been a big gap in the landscape of
Dunedin venues”. Dunedin lost it’s long standing professional theatre in early 2018.
The production is supported in part by a recent Dunedin City Council’s City Service Grant, which the
Regent Theatre successfully secured to enable local companies to access the new studio and
continue to present theatre in the city, which has been compromised in the wake of the Fortune
Theatre closure in 2018. Part of the criteria to access the fund is that a presenting company will have
one free performance available in their season. As a result, Arcade will have a free performance in a
bid to make theatre accessible to all, and build our local audiences for future seasons.
‘Lemons..” wraps Arcade Theatre Company’s second year in business. Artistic director Alex Wilson
said that he was thrilled with the result of the season and that there is still a strong appetite for locally
produced theatre in Dunedin. “We’ve felt strong support from the Dunedin community in 2019. This is
especially encouraging given the eclectic range of productions we’ve staged this year.” he said.
From the hilarious and poignant glimpse at the challenges women face in the entertainment industry
(HarleQueen), to Ionesco’s classic absurdist farce (The Bald Soprano) and a tale of the trials and
tribulations of sisterhood (Me and My Sister Tell Each Other Everything), and now Lemons it has been
an eclectic year for the Company.
‘Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons’ opens on the 16th of November for a run of seven
performances. Tickets are on sale now from arcadetheatre.co.