New German dramatic art - Plays

Für alle reicht es nicht (There’s Not Enough to Go Round)

A play commissioned by the Goethe-Institut
"There’s Not Enough to Go Round" is the Staatsschauspiel Dresden’s contribution to After the Fall, the Goethe-Institut’s Europe-wide festival.

‘The […] play […] is about borders, the borders of the GDR, Germany’s borders 20 years after the peaceful revolution and the borders of Fortress Europe. It is about homelands. And the loss of a homeland and how terrible that can be. For Heiner, a former tank commander in the National People’s Army, November 1989 represented a turning point in his life. Now he clings to his dream: a tank driving school for civilians.
Jo has been messing about in the East since 1989. Anna dropped out of society when the GDR ceased to exist and has not felt at home anywhere since. The two’s main profession is smuggling cigarettes across the German-Czech border. Now they have found a driverless lorry. Crammed full of smuggled cigarettes. And two dozen Chinese illegal immigrants. But Heiner does not want to know anything about all that. He is expecting a visit – his daughter Manuela, a vaguely far-left political activist with an unsettled lifestyle.
In this panorama of poorly lived lives, the biographies weave together slowly to build up an image of four people without a homeland viewed from multiple perspectives. They have lost the lives they used to lead and are yearningly wistfully for new ones.’
(Staatsschauspiel Dresden)
Responses to the play:
‘With "There’s Not Enough to Go Round", Laucke plays the rag-and-bone man invoked by Walter Benjamin: He gathers the overlooked, the forgotten, the sidelined, dragging into the dramatic light what has knowingly been pushed out of the way by history as the two Germanies have grown together and the world has been globalised. He wants and seeks an inimitable realism, a realism aware of its obligations to the damaged and injured and so, ultimately, to all of us.
Laucke’s realism is heavily coloured by social drama and aims to meet high standards with regard to accuracy and authenticity, as well as rousing audiences out of their passivity: Open your eyes, he seems to say, make the effort just this once to take a look at the humiliated and insulted, at least realise the contemporary world is not confined to your personal social circle!
At the same time, in his likeable fashion, Laucke is not a ranting social critic, he is a serious dramatic voice and, at heart, a good protestant invoking our social conscience. His lorry of ‘Chinapersons’ is also intended to be an allegory for us and our self-perception: We have all been deported into an anonymous system, we are all victims of what we do and fail to do.’
(Dirk Pilz, Nachtkritik, 24 April 2010)

‘"There’s Not Enough to Go Round" gathers a panorama of blathering losers, among whom the art of living, lives built on lies and petty criminality overlap haphazardly. […] A great deal to write about, but not many prospects for the future.
It is not so important what happens in the end. Travelling means losing the way. Between the memories that come welling up and half-baked projects for the future, we lose touch with the present. The characters are gripped by an escapist pleasure in speech, as well as a strange inability to sort out their intricate emotional entanglements. Their capacity to set priorities, an indispensable skill for professional and private lives with some hope of success, is remarkably underdeveloped. […]
Dirk Laucke holds back from judgements of any kind and demonstrates a down-to-earth, understanding attitude, above all in perceptively letting his characters talk.’
(Franz Wille, 2010 Mülheim Theatertage)
Technical data
Premiere 30 October 2009, Staatsschauspiel Dresden
Director Sandra Strunz
Cast 2 F, 2 M
Rights Kiepenheuer Bühnenvertrieb
Translations Theatre Library