A mother puts both her hands on her young son's cheeks


Theatre Royal Stratford East; Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Dundee Rep Theatre

May - July 2017


Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel Room has been adapted as a new play with songs by Scottish songwriter 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.

By Emma Donoghue
Adapted for the stage by Emma Donoghue
Music and lyrics by Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph

A Theatre Royal Stratford East and Abbey Theatre, Dublin co-production in association with National Theatre of Scotland and Covent Garden Productions


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