Lemon House Theatre are bringing their debut productions of Different Sand & Willow as a double bill as part of their B-Sides season.
Lemon House Theatre makes vibrant theatre that creates conversation between artists and audiences. But in the current conversation within theatre, they know that a range of voices have been missing for far too long. By staging a queer and an Algerian story side-by-side, they’re hoping to give a platform to these underrepresented stories, and are excited to have all queer team bringing Willow to life, and an all-Algerian team behind Different Sand.
Willow follows the story of Gabi and her ex-girlfriend Lottie. Gabi is 100% sure she knows why she and Lottie broke up. Or 70% sure. Maybe 50%. She’d like to show you. The best parts, the parts she still doesn’t understand, and the parts she’s still trying to get over. But is it possible to tell your own story, and tell it honestly? Especially when your ex-girlfriend is sharing the stage with you.
In Willow Gabi and Lottie explore the fault lines in their relationship, and their (very) different views on the fallout. It looks at how being certain and being truthful aren’t always the same thing, and what happens when someone you love doesn’t play the part you expect.
Different Sand follows sisters Amira & Linda, who live day- in-day-out in their dingy North London flat, whilst trying to match the needs of their Algerian father.
Career driven Amira prays five times a day, takes care of the house and pays the bills, whilst Linda is busy partying and pulling pints at the local pub. When Amira decides it’s time for her to get married, the sisters battle over what’s going to happen next, and who they really are.
This modern family drama discusses what it means to come from two cultures and, ultimately, what it means to be sisters.
Different Sand and Willow are being staged as a double bill as both shows focus on the idea of home, looking at what makes us human, examining our connections and relationships to one another. These plays will also question what that home looks like – is it a flat share between two best friends in East London, or a kitchen in a traditional Algerian household? And who gets to decide those definitions?
Bunker Theatre, 53a Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU on 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of September, with Different Sand starting at 7pm and Willow at 8.30pm. Admission: £10 or £15 for both plays. Phone: 0207 234 0486