Opened 2 Feb 2009
Written: by Alan Bennett
Directed: Christopher Luscombe
Cast: Alison Steadman , David Troughton
Synopsis: Set in Leeds and focuses on an ageing couple, Wilf and Connie, living in the city’s last back-to-back. With the demolition of the area in progress, they are soon to be re-housed in a new maisonette with a waste disposal unit and non-slip vinyl flooring! When a sociologist comes to observe them in their daily life, normality takes a decidedly atypical turn.
What the popular press had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Extraordinary, expressionistic comedy...an unusual pleasure...A high and serious comedy." DOMINIC MAXWELL for THE TIMES says, "For all its inimitable dialogue, for all its prescient satire, it's a pretty bleak evening out...I can't deny the passion and the inventiveness of it, but I didn't really enjoy Enjoy." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Though it is often wonderfully funny, Enjoy is also strange, sad and disturbing...But what makes the play great is its ability to mix wild laughter and deep anguish." MICHAEL COVENEY for THE INDEPENDENT says, "All this fashionable dysfunctionalism is hilarious, not grim as in EastEnders or Eugene O'Neill." SUSAN ELKIN for THE STAGE says, "Vintage Bennett it is not. Yes, there are some good make you giggle one-liners and some of the situation comedy is exquisite. But it feels slow." LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "An evening that is sometimes patronising and often cosy, rather than viciously satirical...The final 10 minutes are devastating and memorable; the rest is comic but curiously untroubling."
Production photo by Nobby Clark