Kevin Mandry’s new play EROS, exploring female objectification, has been attracting a wide range of responses at London’s White Bear Theatre. In addition to reviewers – we’ve rounded up selected highlights below – the show’s producers have invited writers to respond via their “SideSwipe” series. Three new short plays were selected…
With one click, anything becomes an image, and image is everything. What happens when fantasy becomes more real than flesh?
Ross used to take photos of women. He says it was about beauty. Now Kate’s back in his studio after twenty years. She remembers things differently. She says she’s there for justice.
Set in the 1990s at the dawn of the internet, EROS targets the moment when digital images first began to dominate our consciousness, and a younger generation began to feed hungrily on them. Through the play, author Kevin Mandry seeks to examine the effects of society’s obsessions with beauty and conformity.
As part of the run at the White Bear, Downland Productions invited submissions for short plays responding to some of the topics tackled in Mandry’s EROS. From 75 submissions, three plays, written by up-and-coming female playwrights, were chosen to be staged alongside Mandry’s piece. Audiences are able to attend at no extra cost.
The winning submissions are: Sad About Cows, written and performed by Michelle Payne, directed by Lizzie Fitzpatrick; Eva Carroll‘s The Reply, directed by Danae Cambrook and performed by Jessica Arden, Zoe Lambrakis and Harriet Knight; and Zeyana Yussuf‘s RAHMA, directed by Shante Campbell.
EROS runs from 28 August to 15 September 2018 at the White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4DJ. Performances (90 minutes) are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Sunday matinees at 4pm. Tickets are priced £14 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
But at heart, this is a tender story of lost love & life’s disappointments. Tech often changes faster than we can.📸 pic.twitter.com/7sUnp99iTi
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) August 31, 2018