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.

  • drama
  • 60
  • 2 total
  • 1 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • history
  • 18+
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 14

EXTRACT: I won the school Art and Craft Prize the year I was fourteen. It meant a train-ride to the city. Milkshakes in a department store and a whole hour browsing the bookshop on Castlereagh Street. For a hardback of my choosing—up to the set amount. What I longed for most was coloured pictures, like the book of Vermeer paintings my godmother owned. But even as paperbacks—which anyway weren’t allowed for prizes—art books cost too much. And then I found it: Edible and Poisonous Fungi, with twenty-seven colour plates. And within budget.


Male | 30s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 1

EXTRACT: You go in. To the party. You hear the room before you enter. Glasses clinking, silverware, voices, the gramophone. The first guests are already here. Heads turning, everyone checking out everyone else. You go in. Taking napkins and salted almonds. You feel … what do you feel?—scruffy, underdressed ... Full of seething, wormy, hollow feelings. Who are you? You know who you were: Surname: Vadász. First name: Leo. Address: 19 Museum Street— But who are you here?



"...harnessed truly the power of theatre to engage all the senses..."



"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."

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