“Love is whatever you feel it to be,” declares Jonah, one half of an unlikely pair of paramours in Phil Porter’s quirky anti-romcom Blink, currently playing at the Soho Theatre. Jonah and the object of his affection, Sophie, certainly challenge conventional notions of love in a strange courtship involving consensual stalking, off-kilter gallows humour and a pet fox with mange, among other things, but this contemporary tale effectively serves up sweet romance with a dark twist.
Jonah and Sophie’s union builds on the premise that the social media generation is now as likely to meet their partner online as in real life, but rather than forming a connection in a chat room, they’re introduced when Sophie sends Jonah the screen for a video baby monitor. Both have experienced parental loss and lonely childhoods; now, Sophie fears she is disappearing and Jonah aches to join in. The monitor proves a solution of sorts, allowing him to watch her, and her to be watched, neatly compartmentalising their budding romance.