By Emma Donoghue, based on her novel
Music & Lyrics by Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph
Produced by Covent Garden Productions, Grand Theatre, London, Canada and Mirvish Productions, Toronto, Canada
Directed by Cora Bissett
Neil Gooding Productions are thrilled to be a finanical investor in Room - North American Premiere.
Emma Donoghue's bestselling novel Room has now been adapted as a new play with songs by Scottish songwriters Kathryn Joseph and Cora Bissett. Previously adapted by Donoghue for the screen, the film won Academy Awards®, Golden Globes and BAFTAs.
Kidnapped as a teenage girl, Ma has been locked inside a purpose built room in her captor's garden for seven years. Her five year old son, Jack, has no concept of the world outside and happily exists inside Room with the help of Ma's games and his vivid imagination where objects like Rug, Lamp and TV are his only friends. But for Ma the time has come to escape and face their biggest challenge to date: the world outside Room.
Adapted with new music and lyrics, and a cast of seven with Little Jack shadowed by his alter ego SuperJack, Room explores the power of the imagination and a mother's love.
You will not want to miss this "story that is in some ways a harrowing one, that brings many in the audience to tears. Yet is also a tremendously beautiful, vivid and uplifting show about the power of a mother's love." (The Scotsman)
The Canadian Premiere of Room will star Stratford's Alexis Gordon as Ma, Stewart Arnott as Grandpa/Doctor, Brandon Michael Arrington as SuperJack, Tracey Ferencz as Grandma, Shannon Taylor as Interviewer/Police Officer/Popcorn Seller, Ashley Wright as Old Nick and Hayden Baertsoen and Quinsley Edison as Jacks. Directed by Cora Bissett.
Truthful and beautiful – THE GUARDIAN
Vital, imaginative theatre – TIME OUT LONDON
A triumph - THE TIMES
Alexis Gordon as Ma
Stewart Arnott as Grandpa/Doctor
Brandon Michael Arrington as SuperJack
Tracey Ferencz as Grandma
Shannon Taylor as Interviewer/Police Officer/Popcorn Seller
Ashley Wright as Old Nick
Hayden Baertsoen and Quinsley Edison as Jacks