The Enormous Room (2018, 2017, Stage)

An image of David Toole looking sullen with a cup of coffee

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 

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

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

Company Stage Manager - Alexandra Anzemberger

Costume Supervisor - Rosey Morling

Rehearsal Directors - Laura Jones and Siobhan Hayes

Tour administration and logistics - Joy St Denis

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


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 and Femi Oyewole