At the Riley Theatre
In the latest production by pioneering British dance company Stopgap, follow father and daughter as they gradually come to terms with the sudden death of their wife and mother, Jackie.
In The Enormous Room, the past is still very present and memories collide with reality. Jackie is gone, but Dave still sees her everywhere. She is lying in his bed, sitting at the kitchen table and laughing with their daughter Sam.
Dave tethers himself to the memory of Jackie and emotionally isolates himself. Within the confines of the living room, he builds the walls up high and refuses to let the future in, while leaving is the only thing Sam can think about.
Combining exquisite detail in movement with evocative text and set design, The Enormous Room transports us somewhere between this world and the next. Thoughtful, moving and uplifting, this is a work about saying goodbye and moving on.
Stopgap employ disabled and non-disabled artists, exploring innovative ways to collaborate. Difference is both the company’s means and method, shifting perceptions and inspiring everyone to achieve their potential.
★★★★ ‘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