Room

Written by:

Emma Donoghue, (with songs by Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph)

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

2SLGBTQIA+

Cast Size:
10

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • People of Colour: 3
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Children
Crime
Family
Imagination
Love
Media
Music
Parenthood
Prison
Trauma

Length:

135 min.

Year Written:

2020

Synopsis:

A two-act adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel Room about a five-year-old growing up with only his mother in a small world (actually a locked shed) he calls Room.

Characters:

Jack, a five-year-old boy, mixed race (Black and white)

SuperJack, his confident inner voice (played by an adult)

Ma, Jack’s mother, Black, mid-20s.

Old Nick, Ma and Jack’s captor, 40s/50s.

Grandma, Ma’s mother (by adoption). Has been cast white until now but needn’t be.

Grandpa, Ma’s father (by adoption). Has been cast white until now but needn’t be.

Doctor (man).

Police officer (woman).

TV interviewer (woman)

Popcorn seller (woman).

(Can double cast – works with a cast of six adults, and two children alternating performances of one child role)

First Produced:

North American premiere production at Grand Theatre London Ontario and Mirvish CAA theatre Toronto cancelled 13 March 2020 due to Covid.

Resources:

Room is available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

“Non-explicit but distressing depictions of rape, violence, attempted suicide. The text does not mention race but both UK and North American productions cast Ma, Jack and SuperJack as Black and I want that to continue.” — Emma Donoghue, Playwright

‘An artistic triumph, a brilliantly constructed and performed play … a different experience than reading the book or watching the film, but arguably more powerful and entertaining … Seldom is a play adapted from a novel as fulfilling and rich an experience as the original read, but Room is.’ – London Free Press