The Gap In The Light

Darkness. Head torch flickers. She descends the rope. Inch by inch, practiced and efficient.

A sound. Stop. She’s suspended in black. What’s there? Head torch on full beam… Nothing. It’s in her head. Silent, she continues her descent.

The sound again. Closer. Head torch flickers off. She calls to her climbing partner. No answer. She hangs. Alone. Engulfed in the abyss.

Two climbers make a journey, deep into somewhere they don’t belong. What they encounter in the dark feels real. What they bring back with them, into the light, will change everything. 

As we grapple with a changing world – divisive politics, unstoppable temperature rises, never ending wars - Engineer Theatre Collective explore what it is to be truly afraid. Blending striking physical storytelling with visceral design, The Gap in the Light traces the nightmares that disturb the sleep of our modern world. How far do we have to fall, and who will catch us when the rope snaps?

Please note: Parts of this performance will take place in complete darkness. Please call our box office for more information. 

This production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies fund and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Engineer are a group of devisers dedicated to creating visually striking, ensemble-led theatre. They have a shared language which relies upon close collaboration between designers and specialists relevant to the field they are exploring, to create new works and interpret existing texts. Broadly influenced by a Lecoq-based training, they employ a rigorous attitude to rehearsal and development and seek to explore new and challenging story telling forms, using physicality, space and sound to fire an audience’s engagement.

Engineer’s previous show RUN has been nominated for BEST DIRECTOR and BEST ENSEMBLE at the OffWestEnd Awards 2016

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★★★★ "a superbly-crafted, swelteringly intense two hours of edge-of-your-seat psychological horror." The Stage on The Gap In The Light.

★★★★ "A unique piece of physical theatre and storytelling with a flawless first act." LondonTheatre1 on The Gap In The Light

"An experience guaranteed to stay with you long after the performance." Breaking the Fourth Wall on The Gap In The Light.

★★★★ "remarkably well-observed" The Stage on Run

★★★★ "The writing here is terrific...The cast is excellent, their pacing expert and consistently funny" The Skinny on Run 

Shortlisted for Best Ensemble at the OffWestEnd Awards 2016.