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To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.
Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating — a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child.
Room premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East on 2 May 2017 before performing at Dundee Rep Theatre (13 – 17 June 2017) and the Abbey Theatre Dublin (24 June – 22 July 2017) with the following cast (in alphabetical order):
Taye Kassim Junaid-Evans
Written by: Emma Donoghue
Adapted for the stage by: Emma Donoghue
Music and Lyrics by: Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph
Director: Cora Bissett
Designer: Lily Arnold
Video Designer: Andrzej Goulding
Lighting Designer: David Plater
Musical Director: Gavin Whitworth
Sound Designer: Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Puppet Designer: David Cauchi
Movement Director: Siân Williams
Associate Director: Ellen Havard
Casting Director: Debbie O’Brien
An early workshop of Room was developed with
Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Richard Jordan Productions.
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As part of this, the venue’s bi-annual Angelic Tales New Writing Festival features rehearsed readings by more than twenty emerging writers and has led to work being developed into full main stage productions and for the last ten years has developed hundreds of new writers of contemporary musical theatre.
Recent staged new productions include Atiha Sen Gupta’s Counting Stars, Kirsten Childs’ The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Bonnie Greer’s The Hotel Cerise and the Ramps On The Moon production of The Who’s Tommy directed by our Artistic Director Kerry Michael.
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Choreography by Arlene Phillips
Editor in Cheif: Nina Myskow
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Producer | Sam Julyan
Producer | Douglas McJannet Associate
Producer | Paul Casey
BIG JACK: When I look up through Skylight there’s Outer Space with all the Stars and Planets and Moon and Sun spinning spinning spinning around us. And then way farther up there’s Heaven, where I came from when I was the tiniest little speck.
Ma’s asleep but I’m awake. The morning after tomorrow morning, I’m going to be five! I’m already big inside. Sometimes I think things that Ma doesn’t even hear.
LITTLE JACK: Morning, Ma.
MA: Morning, Jack.
LITTLE JACK: Rise and shine. Morning Room, morning Walls, morning Wardrobe, morning Skylight, morning Plant. Why don’t you have flowers anymore?
MA: Maybe she’s tired.
LITTLE JACK: (To plant.) You should have a nap. Morning Sockdog, morning Labyrinth, morning Lamp, morning Wonky Chair, morning Eggsnake, morning Keypad…ten nine eight seven six five four three two one…blast off!
- "Emma Donoghue's writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it's over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days."—Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry
- "I loved Room. Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. And with all this, an entirely credible, endearing little boy. It's unlike anything I've ever read before."—Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife and A Change in Altitude
- "Room is that rarest of entities, an entirely original work of art. I mean it as the highest possible praise when I tell you that I can't compare it to any other book. Suffice to say that it's potent, darkly beautiful, and revelatory."—Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours and By Nightfall
- "Powerful.... Seen entirely through Jack's eyes and childlike perceptions, the developments in this novel--there are enough plot twists to provide a dramatic arc of breathtaking suspense--are astonishing.... Donoghue brilliantly portrays the psyche of a child raised in captivity...will keep readers rapt."—Publishers Weekly
- "a novel so disturbing that we defy you to stop thinking about it, days later.... This blend of allegory and true crime (Donoghue has said she was influenced by several recent news stories) is beautifully served by Jack's wise but innocent voice.... And while a first-person, child-narrated tale can sometimes feel like a gimmick, the enviable trick here is that Donoghue makes you want to stay with Ma and Jack, whether they're in their own private prison or out in the so-called free world."—Sara Nelson, O Magazine
- "a bravura performance"—ELLE
- "Only a handful of authors have ever known how to get inside the mind of a child and then get what they know on paper. Henry James, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, and, more recently, Jean Stafford and Eric Kraft come to mind, and after that one gropes for names. But now they have company. Emma Donoghue's latest novel, Room, is narrated by a 5-year-old boy so real you could swear he was sitting right beside you.... Room is so beautifully contrived that it never once seems contrived. But be warned: once you enter, you'll be Donoghue's willing prisoner right down to the last page."—Malcolm Jones, Newsweek
- "one of the most affecting and subtly profound novels of the year"—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
- "a riveting, powerful novel.... Donoghue's inventive storytelling is flawless and absorbing. She has a fantastic ability to build tension in scenes where most of the action takes place in the 12-by-12 room where her central characters reside. Her writing has pulse-pounding sequences that cause the reader's eyes to race over the pages to find out what happens next.... Room is likely to haunt readers for days, if not longer. It is, hands down, one of the best books of the year."—Liz Raftery, The Boston Globe
"remarkable.... Jack's voice is one of the pure triumphs of the novel: in him, she has invented a child narrator who is one of the most engaging in years - his voice so pervasive I could hear him chatting away during the day when I wasn't reading the book. Donoghue rearranges language to evoke the sweetness of a child's learning without making him coy or overly darling; Jack is lovable simply because he is lovable.... This is a truly memorable novel, one that can be read through myriad lenses - psychological, sociological, political. It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we live."
—Aimee Bender, The New York Times Book Review
- On Sale
- May 18, 2011
- Page Count
- 352 pages
- Back Bay Books