Carys Eleri’s Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff): A Review

*Ad with thanks to the Millennium Centre Cardiff who gifted me tickets to see the show*

Carys Eleri’s rollicking one woman show, a rat run race through the science of loneliness and attachment, is spreading a genuine message of love. She’s basically Jesus. With boobs. In fact boobs are honoured during the show, with an entire song dedicated to them. (Finally). The song ‘Tit Montage’ was a personal highlight as Carys relayed a story about the morning she woke up confused but delighted at apparently having been the lady filling in a lady sandwich. I’m still laughing at the teapot reference (I won’t spoil it for you).

Lovecraft photo credit Kirsten McTernan

Love craft is science, comedy, and songs mashed together to create this fun and tasty hybrid which is part science lesson part stand up comedy show and part mission message.

Carys Eleri takes us on a tour of her early adult relationships from ‘complete fanny gallops’ at A&E to finally finding a way to cut her bad-boy out of her life once and for all (cue the song Space and Time). No drugs needed.

The songs are funny and jog the narrative along but what I loved most was the theming of them. One heavy metal (Rejection is so shit), one in the style of Eminem, one with a New York rat pack flavour (yes there is a good reason for all the rats) and Carys Eleri carries each of them off with gusto.

The show has been performed all over the world and twice at Ed fringe but it is undeniably Welsh, with performances in Welsh and English. As a Welshie myself the typical Welsh mam gags in it just hit the spot. Lovecraft is genuine to the bone and easily relatable to anyone who has ever been in love.

Love Godess by name, love Goddess by nature, at the end of the show Carys talks about kicking the lonliness epidemic in the butt and creating a love epidemic instead. She puts her money where her mouth is and hugs every individual member of the audience as they enter and leave.

You will go in feeling as if you’ve just stepped into your best mate’s living room and leave wishing you had a friend like Carys.

Perfect for a girls night out and with only 4 dates left of the tour, the final two being at Wales Millennium Centre, you’ll have to be quick to book your tickets. Make sure to check which language showing you are booking. You can book at the Wales Millennium Centre here: https://www.wmc.org.uk/en/whats-on/2019/lovecraft-not-the-sex-shop-in-cardiff/

Dates below

Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)

Produced by Carys Eleri and Wales Millennium Centre

Created and performed by Carys Eleri

Directed by Mared Swain

Music produced by Branwen Munn

Running time: 1 hour 5mins

Age guidance: 16+

Borough Theatre, Abergavenny

Thursday 17 October 2019, 7.30pm

Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Friday 18 October 2019, 7.30pm

The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

Wednesday 30 October 2019, 7.30pm

Theatr Clwyd, nr Mold

Saturday 2 November 2019, 7.30pm

Volcano Theatre, Swansea

Friday 8 November 2019, 7.30pm

The Riverfront, Newport

Thursday 14 November 2019, 7.45pm

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, Carmarthen

Saturday 16 November 2019, 7.30pm

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Sunday 24th November 2019, 3pm

ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November 2019, 8pm

Psst it’s not like I haven’t written about sex shops before 😉

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