The Enormous Room (2019, 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 and tour destinations included:

Lilian Baylis Studio - Sadler's Wells, Holland Dance Festival, Steps Dance Festival - Switzerland, Brghton Festival, Festival De Otoño - Madrid, Chichester Festival Theatre and Setagaya Public Theatre - Tokyo

An absorbing encounter with grief and loss ★★★★ Bachtrack 

A wonderful exploration that comforts and provokes long after the piece has ended – Exeunt 

Work that can take dance into a new genre – Disability Arts Online

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Production Credits

Artistic Direction & Choreography - Lucy Bennett

Executive Producer - Sho Shibata

Assistant Producer - Charlotte Mackie/Callum Graham

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/Hannah Rotchell 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/Ethan Duffy

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/Ethan Duffy

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

Musical credits:

“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.