Isabella Perversi – What Rhymes with Orange


What rhymes with orange?
Written and performed by Isabella Perversi
Directed by Alanah Guiry
8 – 17 October 2021
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A two-hander following an ordinary couple simply trying to survive their relationship, What rhymes with orange?
is the latest work by multi-disciplinary artist Isabella Perversi. Running as a part of Melbourne’s vibrant 2021
Fringe Festival, this premiere season asks; “What happens to a relationship when it is held together not only by
love, but also by secrets, shame, and guilt?”
An engaging mix of natural and the surreal, What rhymes with orange? is the tale of Tom and Rosie; a regular
couple evolving into the next phase of their lives together. Navigating the rocky terrain of a whether a much loved
career should take precedence over dreams of a family, the young couple are faced with challenging situations
and provocative choices that could either make or break them.

Exploring the illusion of fame versus reality, life and death, and the ability to be reborn, What rhymes with or-
ange? also scrutinises the impact of all consuming modern day technology on a relationship.

“I was curious about what was end of the line for a relationship and when people understood it was time to call it
quits. I really wanted to unpack that.”, explains writer/performer Isabella Perversi.

“What rhymes with orange? is an intense look into the lives of these two people with all the love, hate and pas-
sion one can expect – but what lies underneath all of this is the deceit, shame and regret. One of my favourite lines

in the play is “I’m just waiting for my life to start”, which I think is pretty relevant in todays climate as we navigate
lockdowns and things being postponed and cancelled all the time. There’s a perpetual feeling of unease and
waiting inherent in the work that I think will resonate with audiences.”
Nominated for a Green Room Award for Performance (2021) and Best in Theatre at the 2020 Melbourne Fringe

Festival for her debut play EMBER, Isabella Perversi now brings audiences What rhymes with orange? – her inti-
mate new work about modern love and sacrifice, set amongst the seeming randomness of life.

“Riveting writing, direction and performance” – Sometimes Melbourne (EMBER)
“Perversi’s performance is nuanced and multi-faceted” – Independent Review (EMBER)

Written by Isabella Perversi – Directed by Alanah Guiry – Performed by Isabella Perversi and Fabio Motta – Pro-
duced by Isabella Perversi – Photography and Videography by Ross Dwyer (Mad Hatter Films) – Mentor/

Dramaturg: Iain Sinclair