According to director Melita Rowston, the world of MilkMilkLemonade would be what you’d get if the surrealist weirdness of David Lynch and the theatrical absurdism of Eugene Ionesco were dropped into a Midwest American chicken farm and forced to have sex. “MilkMilkLemonade is a musical, performative, and literary mash up with a gentle love story at its core. Playwright Joshua Conkel describes his play as ‘dark, kitschy, political, unpretentious and stripped down so it’s almost Dadaist.’”
The work is both a fresh piece of queer theatre and a coming-of-age story. It follows 11-year-old Emory, who just wants to practice ribbon dancing on his Nanna’s chicken farm, as he tries to save his best friend Linda (who happens to be a chicken) from certain death. Emory is distracted by his friend Elliot who wants to ‘play house’, and his Nanna, who has taken his doll away and replaced it with lectures about God, America and his sexuality.
Rowston, excited to have been handed the Australian premiere of MilkMilkLemonade, describes the work as, “kooky and strange and lovely” and for those, “who may be looking for something a little different than the usual political, historical or drag shows that take the stage at Mardi Gras.”
Feb 5-Mar 2, New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown, 1300 347 205, newtheatre.org.au