This week rehearsals kick off for Barnstorm’s new play The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket. Two actors and the play’s director take up residence in The Barn for the next two weeks to rehearse this intriguing play for children aged four and older.
Visiting writer and freelance director Sarah Argent hails from Wales where she regularly works with Theatr Iolo – an award-winning company in Cardiff that creates theatre for children and young people. Barnstorm is delighted that this collaboration has come to fruition after meeting several times in Wales at the Opening Doors festival of theatre for young audiences.
Actor Paul Curley will be familiar to Barnstorm audiences, having played roles in A Murder of Crows, Boy with a Suitcase and The Song from the Sea. Actor John Currivan is new to Barnstorm and is looking forward to spending time in Kilkenny. A fluent Irish speaker, he most recently played friendly giant Bodach in Fibín Teo’s Bodach an Chóta Lachna, based on a tale from the Fianna cycle.
The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket looks at friendship through a day in the life of two friends who live in a bockety world of discarded objects. Henry and Bucket are best pals, although sometimes you wouldn’t think so!
Sometimes their friendship is like a seesaw - one’s up in the air, the other’s down in the dumps. But sometimes, just sometimes, they find a balance where they see eye to eye.
There are ups and downs, bumps and tumbles, tiffs and laughs, geegaws, doodahs, thingamajigs. Grumpy days, frumpy days, happy days. But as long as these two friends are together, transforming their rusty, dusty, battered and bockety world into a place of wonder, their adventures can take them anywhere!
The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket is poetic, humorous and rich in narrative; an intriguing, thought-provoking exploration of friendship for young children and their families.
The show will be performed at The Barn theatre at Barnstorm on Church Lane. Tickets are €6 each or €15 for a family ticket. Schools performances daily from March 6 to 22. There are family performances on March 9 (2.30pm) March 15 (6.30pm), March 16 (2.30pm), March 20 (6.30pm). Bookings on (056) 7751266 or see www.barnstorm.ie for more information.