ERIS at The Bunker Theatre

YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD REALLY FUCK THEM OFF?

If you went out there and found the least suitable, most inappropriate, most outrageous hunk of a man that this fine city has to offer, and the pair of you rock up to that church service in May, arm in arm.

A review by Tanya Howard

ERIS is the story of Sean who is feeling wronged after his boyfriend Tim is excluded from his sister’s wedding back home in Ireland. Despite the fact they have recently broken up he feels spurred on by righteous anger that Tim was unwelcome due to being femme, fabulous and worst of all, English. Determined to do something about it, Sean sets out to find the most inappropriate plus one to take to the wedding.

Sean, played by Cormac Elliott, comes from a traditional Irish Catholic family so when his sister Sinead calls to invite him to the wedding she drops the bomb that the family don’t want him to bring Tim along, Tim who he recently split up with, Tim who left his favourite red high heels at Sean’s house, Tim who has to make sure there’s no glitter left on him from the weekend when he gets to work on a Monday.

Despite Sean having been the one to end the relationship as he couldn’t fully cope with Tim being so flamboyant and being so secure in the way his sexuality came across to the outside world, he has a hard time accepting the exclusion and when his flatmate, the pansexual, polyamorous Callista suggests finding the least suitable, most inappropriate and outrageous hunk of a man he jumps on the search.

Alongside Cormac the cast has four other actors taking on the rest of the characters and voices, all managing to bring to life each character they took on. There were moments of the show I was a little confused by what was happening, but they didn’t last long enough to ruin the play for me, and I definitely spent more time engrossed and laughing away enjoying myself.

Without giving too much away there is a twist at the end of the play that you definitely wouldn’t expect, and you get to see the conclusion of Sean’s journey and the moment he stops worrying about what his family, and the world, think and truly embraces his sexuality and himself. John King’s first play, directed by Robbie Taylor Hunt, had a unique style with Sean narrating his life as the scenes took place as if he was talking to a friend. I would definitely recommend going to see ERIS, we really enjoyed the play, we felt a connection with the characters, had a lot of laughs and we spent the journey home talking about the play and what our favourite parts were.