It is 7:39, the little cosy café is packed with students eating a quick slice of pizza, preparing their cans of Tennents or quickly catching up on their literary reading. The play is sold out. While we quickly find our seats at doors open, I find I'm excited to see what kind of surreality I might experience in the next hour and fifteen minutes. Surprisingly recognizable, the play is captivating from the first scene.
Lizzie Lewis (Sophie) and Hannah Churchill (Joanna) act out most of the one part play directly speaking towards the audience. Sophie's piercing look and measured speech, together with Hannah's innocent eager manner and tendency to overshare makes us forget for a brief moment that there exists another world but theirs. Both tell their stories of loneliness and unease of their place in the world, until Sophie sends her downstairs neighbour a package – allowing her to be viewed on the baby monitor. Though they don't meet (yet), their relationship continues to grow and in their monologues we hear how similar these complete strangers in fact are. Their on screen shared lives come to a crashing close when Sophie is forced to rely on Joanna for support, but are some relationships meant to be working in their different environments?
Though dealing with a serious, voyeuristic, at times bordering on a stalkerish situation, the two women deliver their lines in a calm consistent manner that is jam-packed with humorous, modern, and very recognizable lines. The fact that, diverging from Phil Porter's original play (BLINK, 2018), the main couple is a same-sex female one only adds more to the narrative. It adds an air of unpredictability to the play as well, a romantic outcome is less presumed. As added benefit Joanna is less of a voyeuristic character, stepping out of the stereotypical representation of the loner man observing a seemingly unaware woman. By stripping away social conventions and stereotypically cast characters, the viewer can interpret their monologues in any way relatable to the viewer's own life. The uniform set up of the décor, as well as the white clothing help the viewer to imagine it is not just Sophie and Joanna up on the stage – it could be any one of our neighbours or Facebook friends. Love can indeed be whatever you feel it to be.