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.
With songs by Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph
About the Author
EMMA DONOGHUE is an Irish-born dramatist for stage, radio and screen, a novelist, and a literary historian, now living in Canada. Her 2010 novel Room was a Man Booker Prize finalist and has sold almost two million copies worldwide; her screen adaptation will be out at the end of 2015. Donoghue's other books include Frog Music, Astray, The Sealed Letter, Life Mask and Slammerkin.
'While the 2015 movie version embraced realism, her stage version celebrates the original's inherent theatricality... As in the novel, this production makes Jack's inner monologue the prime narrative but in a coup de theatre, Little Jack is shadowed by Big Jack who provides that narrative voice. It's a deeply satisfying device that helps drive the drama while remaining true to the spirit of the source work... Ma's inner monologue is expressed in song and Bissett and Kathryn Joseph's musical numbers add a further dimension to Donoghue's gripping story [in] so rich a theatrical piece.' The Stage ★★★★
"A moving adaptation of the award-winning novel, with added songs, explores the mental toll on an abducted woman and her child" "a strangely moving work about the power of imagination and the pain of adjustment to a new reality."
★★★★ —The Guardian