In our society where femininity is often sanitised and represented in the terms of male fantasy, Low Level Panic is a breath of fresh air. The play presents female sexuality and self-image from the perspectives of three women; housemates who bicker over bathroom time, fight over the significance of porn magazines, fantasize and party.
The play has even more significance today than it did when it was first produced in 1988. The rise of the internet and mobile technology has seen, if not an increase in porn, than a definite increase in the availability and variety of pornographic imagery. Images of women, which twenty years ago would have graced the pages of porn magazines, now advertise fizzy drinks and chocolate bars.
The age-old problems still haven’t gone away; while promiscuous men are deified, women are seen as cheap, slutty and stupid if they are seen to be engaging in sex. Look at last year’s furore over Slane Girl. Porn may have changed in the last twenty years, but attitudes to women and female sexuality have not.
This production is directed by Justin Martin who most recently worked as associate director on the award-winning productions of “Let The Right One In” and “The Audience” (starring Helen Mirren). His next role will be as Stephen Daldry’s associate on “Skylight” starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy this Summer in London’s West End.
Cast and Creatives
Introducing 9 year olds:
Alannah Kelly, Alex Nilsson, and Abigail Somers.