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The Upstairs Room

The Upstairs Room
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Really, we don’t have to keep worrying about the time, Gordon. Let’s just sit here together. Okay? For a little while.

London is sinking, there’s constant rain, and everyone is trying to escape. Gordon, an American writer, finds himself holed up in the attic room of a half-way house, awaiting forged papers and safe passage back to the States. He becomes trapped with Stella, a mysterious and seductive woman, and a teenage girl called Iris who, between them, take Gordon on an emotional journey through his past and into the present, forcing him to face the painful truth as to why he is there.

David K. O’Hara’s The Upstairs Room is a modern take on Sartre’s play Huis Clos in which a man and two women find themselves confined together in a drawing room for eternity.

First produced at the King’s Head Theatre from 13 November to 8 December 2012 by Giddy Notion, The Upstairs Room is a compelling and well-written play.
Bloomsbury Publishing; Read online