YELLOW YELLOW SOMETIMES BLUE from Q Theatre has now completed over half its run and I was late to the party. An unforgiveable breach of etiquette and a missed opportunity to tell you about this wonderful show. It is a superb rendering of the 1950s in thought and deed as we see Australian society beginning the change that will hit full force in a decade or so. It is set in 1954, before hippies and second wave feminism, but the seeds of change for women, immigrants and especially artists, are blowing in from dirty brown Nepean River that runs past the Lewer’s kitchen.
The production has been inspired by the history of Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. The Lewers, Margo, a painter, and Gerald, a sculptor, were part of the Australian Modernism art movement and they were famous for their parties. This production sees the “help” in the kitchen of the home that “Mrs L” bequeathed to the public. They are busy with party preparations and serving the guests. Iris is a girl torn between career and settlement with the heart of an artist and Leo, is a post-war Hungarian immigrant with a melancholy of memories which surface without notice. Continue reading YELLOW YELLOW SOMETIMES BLUE: A FITTING TRIBUTE TO A GENERATION OF ARTISTS.