A sixty two year old woman lies and cheats to seduce a 22 year old woman. Or is it the other way around? 22 year old B’da joins North Shore meals on wheels, to ‘peek inside rich North Shore people’s houses.’ But instead she finds poor, ageing people rotting away in not very community-connected neighbourhoods. She befriends one of her grumpier clients, Minska, who admits that she is ‘coming out’ but B’da dismisses it as part of a creeping dementia. Along for the adventure is B’da’s girlfriend, Finegan - a motorbike riding bombshell. It is not long before Finegan is seducing Minska into her inaugural sexagenerian lesbian experience. Only the post-coital chit chat doesn’t go so well. Suddenly it seems that Minska doesn’t know who Finegan is. The only thing is to call B’da who helps to calm Minska down. B’da resigns in fury from Meals on Wheels, when the supervisor, Sandra, has to admit that Minska is her own mother who likes to crash other people’s places while they are away. Enraged by their lie, Finegan and B’da teach the lying Minska and Sandra a lesson, but Minska manages to spin one last story to assuage their fury.
Lavender Bay is in magic realist form with surreal and fantastical elements introduced by Minska and Finegan’s shared proclivities for spells, intrigue and fantastical, improbable storytelling. A meditation on passionate love - the sexual intensity of it, the betrayals and self-delusion and savagery of it - between women.