Everything and Not Enough is the follow up work to the Helpmann Award winning Robot Song by Writer/ Director/ Designer Jolyon James. Using the complex social and structural dynamics of school, Everything and not Enough attempts to understand the rising levels of anxiety gripping young people in Australia today. Is there a correlation between choice, instant gratification and paralysis? How does technology enhance or inhibit the development of young people’s critical thinking and understanding of relationships? How do parents navigate this ever-shifting landscape?
“There’s a hum in our head. It never turns off. It’s either loud and far away or low and close, we don’t know.
It circles and spirals and twists in the distance like a movie tornado that moves wherever we go.”
Eamon is angry. No-one knows why. Not even Eamon. Not even Archer. That’s not good. For Eamon, rational thought and language is failing him, school is failing him, the internet is failing him, art is the only thing that make sense any more but art is a joke, right? Right?
Eamon’s parents have split but he can’t be angry at them. They are being so adult about it. His dad hasn’t disappeared with a pharmacist like Mali’s parents, or moved into a one-bedder in Queensland like Allegra’s. No. Instead he’s putting a kitchenette and bathroom into the garage and moving in there.
With the tools. They’re calling it shared-parenting or something, although Eamon’s not sure what it was called before. He does know they have sacrificed a lot for him, they tell him every day. So, it surely can’t be that.
Of course, there’s: Climate change; the shootings; the terrorists the gender war.
Medication; sex attacks; party drugs and porn.
Old people; young people; billionaires and new royals;
true crime; fake news; the dark web and paedophiles.
Social media; implants; VCE and memes.
There’s billionaires and vegan friends; politicians; refugees.
Maybe more omega 3’s? It’s probably just that.
Like Robot Song, Everything and Not Enough places creativity as a tool for wellbeing and change at it’s very centre. It will employ cutting edge digital technology, original music and interactive audio visuals to explore the impact of high modernity and accelerating technology on the lives of young people their parents and peer-groups and provide a glimmer of optimism in the face of the rising anxiety epidemic.
This new work from Arena Theatre Company will be in development throughout 2020.