Not Enough
Not Enough

Not Enough is Megan Phillips’ true story of change, forgiveness, and becoming enough.

Not Enough
Arts Umbrella, Granville Island

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]Tell us about your show.

Not Enough is an autobiographical show about how I did a ten day Vipassana silent meditation, and discovered – to my own surprise – that I have crippling anxiety, and have had my entire life. The show takes place over the first 4 days of the retreat, where I dialogue with the character of Anxiety, and slowly become aware of its powerful grip on me, and how I’ve caused to self-sabotage for as long as I can remember. Also it’s a comedy!

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Why should someone come see your show?

Well, aside from the fact that TJ Dawe directed and dramaturged the show, and with his influence I feel incredibly confident about the show we’ve created, but the show has a unique soundscape: I use a loop pedal to simulate the soundtrack of anxiety throughout the entire show. Sometimes it’s loud and intense, as in a real anxiety attack, sometimes it’s silent, but its used to recreate the experience of someone with actual anxiety actually feeling it for the first time without the numbing of any distractions around. And there’s a breakthrough.

Also, I really want to promise you again that it’s a comedy. Cross my heart.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Oooh! Definitely someone with x-ray vision and a fist of steel, probably named Captain Truth. She’s totally non-violent but 100% badass: she finds bad guys and removes any layers of denial that they are carrying, thereby causing them to see and take full responsibility for their actions.

[dropcap]4[/dropcap]If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?

Aside from doing my best to see everyone, I’m definitely stoked for Charlatan. I usually don’t like magic, because I hate feeling like I’m lied to, but Travis Bernhardt has a remarkable way of creating shows that leave me a better person.

The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.