Lemonade and Laughing Gas is Louise Orwin and Amy Lord.
We create multi-textured, hyper-theatrical, surprising experiences that make you feel alive.
We have a passion for creating these experiences in unusual, site-specific locations, from old BBC radio studios, to abandoned office blocks, disused pickle factories, regency ballrooms, old rave haunts, and even, sometimes, theatre spaces.
Our work focuses on blending together installation, performance, video and sound to create adventures and journeys that people can get lost in, whether that’s for escapism, stimulation or simply to remember what it means to be human.
We have a continuing enquiry into what it means to build temporary communities out of arts audiences, whether that’s with space, installation, or performative experiences that bring people together. We are constantly exploring themes of familiarity, looking at how this can be expanded upon (through our use of pop culture references) or whether that’s exploded entirely (by making the domestic strange). We like thinking about the uncanny a lot, and often enjoy gently pushing people outside of their comfort zones, in order to see the world anew. Recently we’ve been researching into how digital culture is changing us, how we see ourselves and each other, and the effect that has on intimacy. (See Tokyo Love Hotel and Unplugged).
We work in a multi-disciplinary fashion, letting our research interests mold the way we make work. Over the years we have created games nights, supper clubs, one off parties, installations, guided binaural headphone experiences, site specific adventures that took participants on a train to the seaside, outdoor treasure hunts, and much more. Our most recent large scale project was a love letter to David Lynch, and saw us build a whole fantasy slice of small town America in an abandoned office block in Farringdon. The project was inspired by Twin Peaks, ran for 3 months and saw 9000 guests through its doors. More on that here.
Lemonade and Laughing Gas was founded in 2012 and closed its doors in 2020, so that Amy and Louise could continue working on solo projects. This website now stands as an archive of their weird and wonderful journey together. Though they no longer collaborate under the guise of Lemonade and Laughing Gas, they continue to collaborate as solo artists.
To those of you who held hands with L&LG in some way over the years, thanks for being the best audiences, co-conspirators, dancing partners and everything else in between.
We love you.
To find out more about each of their solo work or to get in touch, you can find them at the links below.