EDINBURGH 2019: BWW Review: ENOUGH, Traverse Theatre
"When I walk into a room, in my uniform. There is a look that gets thrown my way. When I walk into a room, in my uniform. It's as if for a second everything stops." As flight attendents, Jane and Toni state that they are seen as a symbol of safety, of service and of sex.
Both women have a lot going on in their personal lives and their friendship seems to anchor them. Working for the airline is chaotic and they are constantly crossing countries and time zones. Oh, and there's the small matter of also potentially being only three minutes away from death if something goes wrong with the aircraft.
Enough highlights how infrequently we see relationships like this played out onstage- especially between middle aged women. Jane has a seemingly perfect family life and Toni is single and carefree but it quickly emerges that this isn't the case.
Script wise, I could sit and analyse Stef Smith's writing all day long. Beautifully poetic, the language has the power to build tension and deliver a blow.
Enough is a strangely comforting story considering it is so devastating in places. It celebrates the strength found in female friendships and makes for a thrilling piece of theatre.
Photo Credit: Lara Capelli