Project Description

Set against the backdrop of adversity A Twist of Lemon highlights the courage, strength and humility of young lesbians and lesbians living in the North East.

Butch Jackie wants a holiday, so four women set off to the island of Lesvos. However a lost suitcase, along with a white knuckle ride on the resorts banana boat not only put one woman’s back out but results in the women having a major fallout.

Set against the backdrop of adversity A Twist of Lemon highlights the courage, strength and humility of young lesbians and lesbians living in the North East and gives audiences a rare opportunity to witness the stories of a minority that, in the main part, are invisible to the rest of society. Like heterosexuals they fall in and out of love, experience the trials and tribulations of bringing up children, but their lives bare the imprint of a world where they, and their children, experience prejudice and discrimination. It takes time for change, but how slow does this clock have to tick? Open Clasp say its time to wind it up. To create the characters Open Clasp’s Friends of Dorothy project saw 48 hours of drama workshops take place with 73 lesbians and young lesbians over two years.

This brave piece of theatre not only promotes diversity but also pushes the similarities that all humans can face regardless of gender or sexuality… an unmissable piece of theatre. Open Clasp is truly a treasure of the north east that must be supported and encouraged to become a treasure of the nation.

The British Theatre Journal

I laughed till my sides ached and was choked to stop tears falling cos it really did bring home to me some issues that I would never have given a second thought to…