YELLOW YELLOW SOMETIMES BLUE

by Noëlle Janaczewska
Image: Teniola Komolafe

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YELLOW YELLOW SOMETIMES BLUE

by Noëlle Janaczewska

Autumn 1954. Food meets art. 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. Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue is a story of surviving and thriving. It’s the story of Iris and Leo, two outsiders peeking in at a world of money, power and gossip as they prepare canapés and cocktails for a raucous gathering of some of Sydney’s cultural elite.

Inspired by the history of Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest on the outskirts of Western Sydney, Yellow Yellow Sometimes Blue peers through the eyes of ‘the help,’ to offer a fresh take on Emu Plains (and Modernist art) in the 1950s—a period of both continuity and change in Australia.

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AWGIE - Community and Youth Theatre (2019 nominee)