The 25th anniversary production will begin performances at the Barn Theatre from the 27th July.

(c)Neil Harrison

Full casting and creative team for this new 25th anniversary production of Marie Jones’ Olivier award-winning tragicomedy as rehearsals begin at the Vault Artist Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Set in rural Ireland, Stones in His Pockets follows a small village that is turned upside down by the arrival of a Hollywood studio to film the latest historical blockbuster. Told through the eyes of local lads Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, who are employed as extras, it soon becomes clear that Tinseltown’s romanticised dream of Ireland is a long way from reality.

(c)Neil Harrison

Directed by Matthew McElhinney, son of the playwright and the play’s original director Ian McElhinney, the production is set to star Northern Irish actors Shaun Blaney as Jake and Gerard McCabe as Charlie.

McElhinney said of the production, Stones in his Pockets,’ began life in small community halls and regional venues in Ireland before going on to run for four years on the West End and then Broadway, winning two Olivier Awards and several Tony nominations and has now been translated into over 30 languages. A dream come true; but as a consequence of its success, throughout its many iterations it slowly began to drift away from its original essence and into the more farcical, the pantomime and the Irish with a capital O. This production, on the year of its 25th anniversary, is an opportunity, for us, to reclaim the story.”  

(c)Neil Harrison

The creative team behind the production includes: design by Gregor Donnelly, choreography by Fleur Mellor, lighting design by Sam Rowcliffe-Tanner, sound design by Harry Smith, AV design by Benjamin Collins and Alex Tabrizi and Denise Cleal as costume supervisor.

Stones in His Pockets will play at the Barn Theatre from the 27th July until the 22nd August.