Are we all now addicted to the internet? How has this shaped our body images? And the boundaries between fantasy and reality? What’s any of that got to do with the Irish poet WB Yeats? In the videos below, Kevin Mandry, author of new play EROS explains all. Watch, contemplate, discuss – and then get booking!
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.
Witnessing how younger generations had grown up in a world mediated overwhelmingly through screens, author Kevin Mandry wrote EROS to explore how this is increasingly corrupting many human relationships.
Set in the 1990s at the dawn of the internet, the show targets the moment when digital images first began to dominate our consciousness, and a younger generation began to feed hungrily on them. EROS brings to life the effects of society’s obsessions with beauty and conformity.
This tense three-hander stars Stephen Riddle as Ross, Anna Tymoshenko as Kate and Felicity Jolly as Teri. It’s directed by Stephen Bailey, designed by Jessica Staton and produced by Heather Ralph for Downland Productions.
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!
On EROS themes
“We had fed the heart on fantasies,
The heart’s grown brutal from the fare.”
So wrote WB Yeats in 1922 about the Irish civil war. How do his words apply to political ideals and societal transformations today? How have they influenced EROS? Kevin Mandry discusses poetry, politics, beauty, body image, internet addiction and the boundary between fantasy and reality.
On EROS characters
Who are Ross, Kate and Terri? What are their backstories? What motivates them? And who is the fourth character in EROS?