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Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue

10 November 2017

Food meets art in Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue, a play commissioned by The Q/Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. My project brief was broad: to respond to the Penrith Regional Gallery’s collection, its history, and the site at Emu Plains which in the middle of the last century was a hotbed of Australian modernism.

Last month we had a creative development workshop with director Nick Atkins and actors Wadih Dona and Harriet Gordon-Anderson. It culminated in an open work-in-progress reading at the Penrith Regional Gallery.

In 2015-16 I worked with Nick and the team at The Q/Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Teacup in a Storm. Very happy to be invited back for this new collaboration.

Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue will be produced in November next year as part of The Joan’s 2018 season. Meanwhile, here’s the synopsis:

Autumn 1954. In a house beside the Nepean River a young woman is crying. Iris is chopping onions while Leo cooks the wild mushrooms he picked that morning. Iris is growing up at the foot of the Blue Mountains but dreaming of a future far away. Leo is making a new life for himself after fleeing war-ravaged Europe. Both are busy mixing personal stories, politics and drinks for a raucous party of modernist mischief. Inspired by the history of Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue peers through the eyes of ‘the help,’ to offer a fresh take on Emu Plains in the 1950s. It’s a night of art, intrigue and spectacular canapés.

For more info click here.

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