What does it mean to have enough in 2013?

It’s a tough question, so we asked the people behind The Enough Project to tell us more.

Two talented local writers have joined forces with The Lowry, setting about the seemingly impossible task of quantifying ‘enough’. This unique double-bill features the play Brimming by Emma Adams and Something Right by Cathy Crabb.

Cathy told us about the inspirations behind the project;

“The productions are two halves of a much greater whole; an exploration of political issues, from public funding cuts to growing unemployment levels, to what constitutes having ‘enough’ on a personal level. I hope that The Enough Project will reach people at many different levels and will strike a chord with all kinds of audiences.”

Both Cathy, from Manchester, and Emma, from Bradford, are very proud of their Northern roots. Both plays have a real Northern voice –sprinkled with lots of laughs. The set, designed for both plays by Barney George, uses dozens of everyday objects from toys to broken laptops, to represent the detritus of modern living.

Something Right, by Cathy Crabb:

Production shot from Something Right part of double bill - The Enough Project.
Production shot from Something Right part of double bill – The Enough Project.

Cathy roots her work in the humour and politics of the working class. Something Right, focuses on family dynamics, involving a mother, Sarah, who tries to do ‘the right thing’ for her teenage children Jake and Maisie. At 18 years old, Jake has no interest in education, a job, or standing on his own two feet. However 16 year old Maisie has a MENSA silver medal. She puts things – hair bobbles, bus tickets, birthday cards – into marked boxes. A born ‘collector’ she can’t bear to throw anything away, everything has a sentimental value.

Brimming, by Emma Adams:

Production shot from Brimming part of double bill - The Enough Project.
Production shot from Brimming part of double bill – The Enough Project.

Brimming examines a situation dreaded by many…meeting a new partner’s parents. Nothing is certain, but perhaps this: Going to dinner with the parents of your partner should never be undertaken lightly.

Johnny is an idealistic student meeting the parents (Tony and Monica Taylor) of his girlfriend (Anna) for the first time. Monica and Tony love Anna but could not be unhappier in their emotionally parasitic marriage. Tony has become a bully and abusive with words. Monica in return has become so damaged by his bitterness that she is an expert in indirect passive aggression. Johnny finds himself in the middle of a terribly polite, yet brutal world where every weighted word counts. What follows is a hilarious yet nail-curling excruciation.

The two plays are acted by the same cast on the same set. Manchester-born actress Jo Mousley, is excited to be performing this show in her home city. She said;

It’s great and exciting performing a new play for the first time. We need new work, like we need new shoes. Old things wear out. Performing these two new plays, we are free from preconceptions, no other company has interpreted them, no other actors performed them… the writers have presented us with real drama, complex characters, and at the same time left space for you to ask yourself what does enough mean for you?

The Enough Project is produced by Dep Arts and developed with The Lowry, Theatre in the Mill and Carriageworks with support from Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

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