Entertainment Hive 2020

Carys’ Lovecraft revolution hits Adelaide

By Honey B

Welsh performer Carys Eleri is igniting a tiny revolution with her latest show, Lovecraft (Not The Sex Shop in Cardiff). Drawing from personal experience, Carys has crafted an intelligent and funny show delving deep into the depths of loneliness, love and human connection. “I have been reading about the neuroscience of love for years and I have always found it so fascinating,’’ Eleri says. “In the last few years loneliness has become a global epidemic and in the science magazines that I read, such as New Scientist, they are talking about it loads. “I realised how I have fallen into that category and feeling loneliness in the society that we live in. “With social media we feel more connected than ever, but we’re not because we are not physically seeing anyone.’’ The BAFTA Award Cymru nominee and self-confessed “love bomb’’ says she was surprised when loneliness hit. “I love people and I used to surround myself with so many people through my acting work. “Then I moved in on my own and I started to see less people and I found that I wasn’t conversing with anyone when I came home. “Even when you surround yourself with people, it’s still a matter of connecting with them and finding the ones who understand you on a deeper level.’’ At first, Eleri didn’t realise her loneliness was manifesting into feelings of anger. “I was having a great time with a great job and I started to feel really down for the first time in my life. “I stared to feel really angry towards other people and that’s f***ing weird for me. “Then I realised I was feeling the traits of loneliness and that I was really lonely.’’ Eleri started to throw herself into research and worked with a neuroscientist on her science/comedy/musical extravaganza. “I’m such a terrible victim of being on my own – ordering in Deliveroo, online shopping and looking at people on Tinder. You live through your own living room. “I wanted to prove through science that love is a thing. “It doesn’t have to adhere to social pressures of a Disney ending. “Love is a societal thing, a communal thing of friendships and so I’ve proven that through science and all of my research. “It’s an emotion. Love is an emotion and it comes out in my show through power ballads, grunge, garage and jazz songs.’’ For connection, Eleri also looked towards her parents whom she says have always been social people. “My mum and my dad – who passed away last year – never went on-line and they were constantly on the phone or picking people up and having them over to their house. “They were seeing people and they were probably the most contented people I have ever known. “We are a generation of global people, but we are not communicating with the people who live next door or around the corner anymore – and it’s really sad. “I’m just trying to start a tiny revolution here. I want people to slow down a bit more and connect and listen to each other.’’ The scientific comedian says anyone can be lonely – male or female. “It’s really interesting, but I’ve had such a response from men in the show that I have done. “The amount of men who have come up to me after a show has been very interesting because a lot of people thing this is a show for women. “Loneliness is seen as something shaming in female magazines detailing who is left lonely again. It’s a shameful thing and it shouldn’t be. “It’s bad for our health and no-one wants to be lonely, so men have come out of the woodwork and have been reaching out.’’ At Lovecraft (Not The Sex Shop in Cardiff) audience members aren’t lonely as they put the phones away and connect through Eleri and her self-penned debut solo show. “I’ve never done anything like this before – it’s the first show that I have written. “It’s so exciting that this show can translate around the world. It’s an artistic passport to meet people. “I want people to connect and realise the importance of friendships in the room at the moment. “I want to form new bonds all over the world and I will be there to talk to people after the show. I just can’t wait to get to the Adelaide Fringe.’’ Lovecraft (Not The Sex Shop in Cardiff), Adelaide Fringe, The Howling Owl, February 26, to March 2. Bookings: adelaidefringe.com.au
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