A Room for the Pain is an auto-biographical theatre piece that centres around photographer Jackie Dives as she grapples with questions around family, death and womanhood. In 2017, Jackie lost her father to an opioid overdose; a year later, her partner of six years left her. These days, Jackie is reclaiming the word “Spinster”. She shares an apartment with her cat, Kitten, and spends her evenings quilting while re-watching Golden Girls and X-files. She doesn’t know the end of the story; she’s still in the middle of it.

Written & performed by Jackie Dives • Directed by Marie Farsi • Dramaturgy by TJ Dawe • Produced by Babelle Theatre • In association with Neworld Theatre


Jackie Dives

Jackie Dives explores themes of identity and womanhood through the medium of photography. Her work has been published internationally, including in Canadian Geographic, CBC Arts, The Walrus, Bloomberg Business, The Globe and Mail, and Maclean’s.

Marie Farsi

Marie Farsi (she/her) is an award-winning theatre director and producer primarily focused on the creation of new work. As a freelancer, she has directed for and collaborated with Crow’s Theatre, Théâtre La Seizième, the Stratford Festival, Axis Theatre, Neworld, Rumble Theatre and Porte-Parole. Since 2018, she is the Associate Artistic Director at Crow’s Theatre.

TJ Dawe

TJ Dawe writes, directs, dramaturgs and performs new theatre, specializing in autobiographical monologues, pop culture parodies and adaptations of non-theatrical material. He leads workshops on creativity, the Enneagram and solo performance. He cowrote a play that became the feature film The F Word, and has stayed in Richard Dreyfuss’s guest room.