A Clean Break and Almeida Theatre Production
“5pm. It's time for Sandra to stop working, close her laptop, switch off her phone and her worry, but it’s not that easy. When Sandra starts to work from home, the voices of the women she's supporting creep in too... in her bedroom, in the walls and even her dreams.”
More Than We Can Bear was written by Eno Mfon following research interviews with key workers at several women’s centres during the pandemic. The cast includes a community chorus of Clean Break Members including Anita Brown, Jacqueline Conibeer, Sorcha Fhionntain, Yvonne Jeffrey, Sally Millar, Eden Rose and Oriana White.
The play is part of The Keyworkers Cycle, a series of nine short plays celebrating the humour, the hope and the stories of those who keep our daily lives running. The cycle features nine short plays divided into three parts, telling the stories of teachers, delivery drivers, midwives and more.
More Than We Can Bear is in part 3 of the cycle and also includes the opportunity to see Next Please!: The Supermarket Workers’ Play and Stand Clear: The TFL Workers’ Play.
All performances of More Than We Can Bear will be BSL interpreted, performances on 12 March will also be captioned and audio described.
The Keyworkers Cycle ran from 9 - 12 March 2022 and is presented in partnership with The Almeida Theatre, All Change, Clean Break and Graeae.
Eno Mfon is a playwright, screenwriter and performer. Her writing is political, unwaveringly honest, and resolutely human. Following the success of her one-woman show Check the Label, which she wrote and performed at the Bristol Old Vic, Eno recently adapted and directed the play for television as part of Channel 4's Random Acts. Her second play Shipped, which was supported by Theatre West and directed by Jesse Jones, hit the stage in Bristol for ten nights. She has also worked with Talawa theatre company as a writer and performer on their Talawa Firsts programme. Eno was part of the BBC Writersroom 2018, and is currently under commission at BBC Radio 4.
Eva is currently Associate Director on Four Quartets at Harold Pinter Theatre with Ralph Fiennes. She most recently directed Maryland by Lucy Kirkwood at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Heart of Hammersmith by Nicholai La Barrie at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Her work as Staff Director at The National Theatre includes: The Visit or The Old Lady Comes to Call adapted by Tony Kushner and Downstate by Bruce Norris with Steppenwolf Theatre. Eva's work as a Director includes: The Little Gardener (Kew Gardens), The Last Nine Months (Vaults Festival), Sticky (Southwark Playhouse), The Tide (Young Vic), The Scarecrows’ Wedding (Watford Palace Theatre), A Peter Rabbit Tale (Singapore Repertory), Rudolf (Leeds Playhouse) and Decades (Ovalhouse).
As a theatre-maker, Esme’s practice encompasses directing, devising, facilitation and producing. Most recently, Esme has fulfilled a Young Associate position at the Young Vic Theatre, working with its Taking Part department. After being one of fifty recipients of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022, she is the Participation Associate at Clean Break. Her theatre credits as director include: CLUB, supported by Theatre Deli, Produced by Fringe of Colour; EUTC’s Monologue Slam, Bedlam Theatre (Edinburgh). As assistant director: Run It Back, Dir. Coral Messam, Produced by Talawa Theatre Company; Teleportation Dir. Steven Kavuma, Produced by The Bunker Theatre.
Eddy is an actor, singer and musical director. She has performed extensively with Clean Break including TYPICAL GIRLS (Sheffield Theatres, 2021), THROUGH THIS MIST (2021), MEAL TICKET (Latitude, 2015) and SWEATBOX (UK Tour, 2015). She also appeared in SEE ME NOW and TWELFTH NIGHT at the Young Vic and has released an album and 2 singles with EMI
Nicole most recently performed in Through This Mist (Clean Break), which was the culmination of a group of leading female artists and Clean Break Members coming together to take solace in collaboration and creativity. Nicole also performed in NOT PRETTY LIKE THE RAINBOW (Clean Break/Bunker Theatre, 2019), which tells the stories of three women who’s lives are derailed by short sentences which put their housing, families and mental health at risk. Nicole’s other credits include DEEP AND BENEATH (Hampstead Theatre), WHISPERED DREAMS OF THE MIDDLE PASSAGE (The Roundhouse), LONELY (Clean Break - Play in a Week), MISSING (Clean Break), CASUALTY (BBC), HARRY AND COSH (Channel 5), CRIMEWATCH UK (BBC).
Recently, Jennifer starred as the Lead Fury in Lucy Kirkwood’s MARYLAND (Royal Court). Written in just two days as a reaction to the case of Sarah Everard, MARYLAND is a visceral exploration of violence against women. Earlier in 2021, Jennifer starred as Shiloh in the chorus of PARADISE (National Theatre), Kae Tempest’s widely lauded, all-female version of the classic Greek drama Sophocles. In 2019 Jennifer devised and performed in INSIDE BITCH (Royal Court), a playful subversion of the representation of women in prison and how things aren’t quite as seen on TV. Jennifer also worked with Phyllida Lloyd on a series of three Shakespeare productions: THE TEMPEST, HENRY IV and JULIUS CAESAR (Donmar Warehouse). Jennifer’s other credits include roles in Netflix’s TOP BOY Season 2, PATIENTS OF A SAINT, and HONEYTRAP. She is also due to appear in the upcoming feature film I USED TO BE FAMOUS.