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The Lewers Bequest provides the setting and inspiration for YELLOW YELLOW SOMETIMES BLUE

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.



It’s the raw redness of it. The pain when it stretches. The spasms and contractions in the slow twisting to find an elusive comfort. The joy during the hours of creation long gone, the sunburned characters who populate beside, around, in and under the water in WE, THE LOST COMPANY paroxysm in front of us. The water soothes them and the echoes of water, the spit of a splash or the contemplative music of a lap pulls the unbidden memory from an audience transported in the observation of beauty.

Inspired initially by the canvases of Brett Whiteley’s beach series in which the human figures range from sand ridden to sun reaching, this work from the Clockfire Theatre collective delves into the human relationship with water. The work also draws on Whiteley’s admiration for Yukio Mishima who is more remembered in the West for his ceremonial seppuku death than his work. The Japanese connection is further explored with references to the 2000 year old tradition of the Ama Pearl Divers. Continue reading WE, THE LOST COMPANY @ THE OLD 505 THEATRE