Michael Manring The Enormous Room - YouTube

Posted by 2018  •  article

As the audience enters we see a huge cacophony – a topsy-turvy world of dysfunctional furniture in which doors are tables and wardrobes are windows. It’s as if we’ve entered an Ikea dream-world in which all the house fittings have fused. The scene is set with Video Killed the Radio Star – it’s a new era dominated by the medium of sight rather than sound.

We recognise remnants from the late 1970s; a yellow melamine kitchen table and a Queen Anne armchair on its side, stage front. An old TV plays black and white films while Sam (Hannah Sampson) switches channels and her father Dave (David Toole) looks on.

There has been a death in the family and an unyielding atmosphere pervades as Sam exacts despair from the Enormous Room and Dave dwells in apathy. The ghosts of the mother (Amy Butler) and the wife (Meritxell Checa), dressed in blue bath robes, make mirrored shapes through the space, eventually lying above and below the table-door, which then resembles a coffin.

Through our landmark ART31 project we are working with young people and partners in Kent to create new opportunities through the arts for under 25's across the county.

Gulbenkian Uncovered gives students the chance to get behind the scenes, develop new skills and run events at Gulbenkian.

Gulbenkian are working in partnership with Jasmin Vardimon Company and Kent Sport on our Youth Dance Company for young people aged 14 to 18.

As the audience enters we see a huge cacophony – a topsy-turvy world of dysfunctional furniture in which doors are tables and wardrobes are windows. It’s as if we’ve entered an Ikea dream-world in which all the house fittings have fused. The scene is set with Video Killed the Radio Star – it’s a new era dominated by the medium of sight rather than sound.

We recognise remnants from the late 1970s; a yellow melamine kitchen table and a Queen Anne armchair on its side, stage front. An old TV plays black and white films while Sam (Hannah Sampson) switches channels and her father Dave (David Toole) looks on.

There has been a death in the family and an unyielding atmosphere pervades as Sam exacts despair from the Enormous Room and Dave dwells in apathy. The ghosts of the mother (Amy Butler) and the wife (Meritxell Checa), dressed in blue bath robes, make mirrored shapes through the space, eventually lying above and below the table-door, which then resembles a coffin.


The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings

Posted by 2018  •  article

 
 

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