Friday 22 September 2017

Make Room for Abbey showstopper

Harrison Wilding, who plays Jack, warms up ahead of the opening night of Emma Donoghue’s stage adaptation of ‘Room’ running at the Abbey Theatre until July 22. Photo: Mark Stedman
Harrison Wilding, who plays Jack, warms up ahead of the opening night of Emma Donoghue’s stage adaptation of ‘Room’ running at the Abbey Theatre until July 22. Photo: Mark Stedman
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

The curtain has been raised at the Abbey Theatre for Emma Donoghue's 'Room'.

The Man Booker prize nominated novel has been adapted for the stage and will première at the Dublin theatre, following sold-out runs in London and Dundee.

It tells the story of teenager Ma, who has been kidnapped and locked inside a room built in her captor's garden. Her five-year-old son Jack has no concept of the world outside.

Irish novelist Donoghue previously said that the book was inspired by the claustrophobic elements of parenthood, but also by the Fritzl family's escape from their dungeon in Austria.

The movie based on the book received Oscar nominations.

'Room' will run at the Abbey until July 22.

Irish Independent

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