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Stage Editorial

enormousroom17.jpg Exhilarating. Emotional. Provoking.

Stopgap Dance Company’s The Enormous Room sees them, well, pulling out all of the stops. It’s coming to ARC in Stockton this March.

Dave’s wife Jackie has died, but he still sees her everywhere. She is laying in his bed, sitting at the kitchen table and laughing with their daughter, Sam. Dave has withdrawn into the living room unable to let his memories go, but going is all that Sam can think about…

The Enormous Room features renowned disabled dancer David Toole in a central role (his extensive body of work includes a prominent solo in the 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony), with the work focusing on the complex but poignant relationship between a father and daughter both living through a grieving process. Sam is played by Hannah Sampson, a young dancer with Down’s syndrome who has received 10 years of professional training with Stopgap Dance Company, and the intricate interactions between the experienced Toole and this talented newcomer look set to intrigue. They’re joined by non-disabled dancers Maritxell Checa and Amy Butler for a performance widely praised as being inventive and visually stunning.

The Enormous Room, Thursday 9 March, ARC, Stockton, 7pm, pay what you decide. arconline.co.uk