The Enormous Room (2018, 2017, Stage)
In the latest epic production from Stopgap Dance Company, we follow a father and daughter gradually coming to terms with the loss of Jackie – their wife and mother.
Combining exquisite detail in movement with evocative text and design, The Enormous Room takes the audience somewhere in between this world and the next.
Thoughtful, moving and uplifting, this is a show about saying goodbye and moving on.
Premiered in February 2017 at University of Surrey, Guildford
An absorbing encounter with grief and loss ★★★★ Bachtrack
Work that can take dance into a new genre – Disability Arts Online
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Artistic Direction & Choreography - Lucy Bennett
Executive Producer - Sho Shibata
Assistant Producer - Charlotte Mackie
Performed & devised by the cast:
David Toole as 'Dave', Hannah Sampson as 'Sam - the daughter', Amy Butler 'Jackie - the mother in Sam's memory', Meritxell Checa/Elia Lopez as 'Jackie - the wife in Dave's memory', Christian Brinklow as 'Tom - Sam's friend' and Nadenh Poan as 'Chock'
Theatre & Costume Design - Anna Jones (Curious Space)
Lighting Design - Chahine Yavrovan
Composer - Dougie Evans
Dramaturge - Lou Cope
Production Manager - David Stothard
Technical Manager - Francois Langton
Production Stage Manager - Alexandra Anzemberger
Set Builder - James Lewis (Tin Shed Scenery)
Costume Supervisor - Rosey Morling
Curtain Maker - Jane Clark
Rehearsal Directors - Siobhan Hayes
Tour administration and logistics - Joy Ralph
Access Officer/Assistant Stage Manager - Cherie Brennan/Amelia Clark
Production Assistant - Ethan Duffy and Floyd Konde
Creative input during research & development - George Adams (La Petite Mort Theatre), Ben Duke (Lost Dog), Dan Huxley (ethnomusicologist), Caroline Leroy & Michael Pallandre (Collectif Pret a Porter), Thomas Noone, Chris Thorpe (Unlimited Theatre), Lenka Vagrenova and Dan Watson
“Smalltown Boy” Written by Steve Bronski, Jimmy Somerville and Lawrence Cole. Published by Bucks Music Group Limited and BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
“Grinding Halt” and "Hanging Garden” written by Simon Jonathan Gallup, Robert Smith, Laurence Tolhurst, Michael Stephen Dempsey (for Grinding Halt) and used by kind permission of Fiction Songs Limited
Arts Council England, Farnham Maltings, New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, PASS - Circus Channel (Interreg), Pavilion Dance South West, The Point, University of Chichester (Department of Theatre) and University of Surrey
Thanks also to:
St. George's Church Portsmouth, Frensham Heights School, Joel Brown, Aya Kobayashi, TJ Lowe, KJ Mortimer, Femi Oyewole and all those who donated to our crowdfunder to get the set rebuilt following the theft of our touring van.