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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.

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons imagines a world where we’re forced to say less. 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, l
Kindle Edition, 72 pages
Published November 5th 2015 by Nick Hern Books
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Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Steiner's debut play is perfect for the Age of Twitter. Here, the government imposes a 140 word maximum that people can speak per day, and this two-hander details how this imposition affects one couple's communication style. The beginning is a bit of a jumble, as the play is presented in many very short scenes that are non-chronological, and the conceit isn't clearly delineated till the play is half over; but I think that is one of the play's strengths actually, in that the audience has to reall ...more
Dec 05, 2016 added it
Stumbled across this play while doing some research for Creative Writing and really, really loved it! The concept of only being allowed to speak 140 words per day was so interesting to watch unfold, like if Twitter was our only reality.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this play despite how short it was. Although with that said - I wanted more from it, so I couldn't give it a 5-star rating. Also, the timeline was a bit messy. I'd like it better if it was more controlled/neat. I don't know if I'm keen to read more of Steiner's work, but I do think that his idea/concept for this play's brilliant. To me, the ending was a bit - unsatisfactory; I felt it ended quite abruptly and passively. It made me feel like I was waiting for something - but not ...more
Duncan Hendry
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play, read-physical
A true revelation. I absolutely loved this and when it all fell into place it made me happy, mad and sad all at once. Stellar. On to more Steiner!
Harry Revell
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant play about the beauty and significance of the spoken language. Very clever and delivering a variety of emotions throughout. Great stuff.
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I read it twice. I don't hate it and I don't love it. I understand and marvel at the concept of being reduced down to only speaking 140 words a day, having to carefully consider your choice in words and whom you wish to use them for but the overall play just lacked clarity. It is one of those 'meh' plays, maybe if I saw it live I might have a better opinion but the initial readings did not present me with a sudden desire to stage this production or give me a source of inspiration as to how it mi ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. What a marvelous play. The concept is that people are somehow given a little amount to say everyday. Meaning that every word needs to be chosen with care. So thus a look at what a lack of words does in polotics to those that need to speak up and how to navigate a relationship are explored. Purely done by two characters, this was a joy to read. I normally hate reading scripts but I loved it. It flowed beautifully. Will take no time to read, go give it a go. I will deffo go see this if ...more
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A 140-word review could probably outline a plot, with perhaps blunt critique and limited discussion, either mathematically calculated or rushed. That’s exactly how many words Bernadette and Oliver (and the rest of Britain) must communicate with each day when a government law limiting speech is introduced. Sam Steiner’s drama may be dystopian but it will resonate with audiences through the simultaneous dissection of both a relationship and the importance of our words.
Flick Anderson
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
It brushed up seductively with interesting political ideas about what power lies in words, and where the fuel of revolution truly lies. Ultimately it finds strength in the relationship between the two characters, in their intimate moments, rather than in the exciting sci fi/political territory it promises to explore. An enjoyable read, would have enjoyed it on stage.
Anthony Peter
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Just didn't get it.

I'd probably prefer it a) if I were younger and a user of social media and b) if I saw it.

But on the page I found it dull, couldn't locate myself in time (or place - though maybe place didn't matter, really), and couldn't visualise it. Which is why b) above.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Liked the simplicity of the idea but it left a bigger impression on me. What if you only had a limited number of words to speak with per day? What is essential to say and what isn't? It really made me think of how we use language and how much of what we say is wasted...
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
Bit gimmicky, but still fascinating
Alex Carlson
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brilliant concept that is executed well in the full script. The non-linear structure is particularly effective and the author does a good job not over-explaining a concept that is better kept vague.
Andrew Allen
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Please click through to see my thoughts: https://morebooksbeforeidie.wordpress... ...more
Matt Whitby
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as fun as I'd hoped.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Confusing at times. But I have to say I quite enjoyed it. Fairly fitting for these orwellian times.

Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Marina McCready
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
really love this play! 100% recommend reading
Chunyang Ding
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun two-person play, although it doesn't go incredibly deep on any idea. Which is reasonable for one-hundred and forty words.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
A simple idea neatly executed.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
The Government imposes a daily 140-word limit on speech, and this play presents a relationship before, during and after, showing how they communicate with more or fewer words. The timeline is jumbled so it takes a while for the story to be clear, but I could see this being really intense on stage. Words are a valuable gift, and it becomes shocking when they're wasted - and beautiful how they characters can speak to each other without them.

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EJ Raymond
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tell each other the numbers before make conversation. Enjoying to read it X
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