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Stones in his Pockets

 Tadpole Productions second show for this year is guaranteed to be as popular as previous hits such as The Lion in Winter, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Driving Miss Daisy, The Woman in Black and Absent Friends.

The internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning play by Marie Jones,Stones in his Pockets, will hit the stage in Auckland for a limited season, from 16th October this year, directed by Andrew Foster. The play had a four year run on London’s West End, won Best New Comedy at the Laurence Olivier Awards and was nominated for three Tony Awards on Broadway.

The moving yet hilarious tale of a quiet Irish community turned on its head when a Hollywood film shoot takes over the village is to be staged at the PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna. The fifteen characters who inhabit the show are brought to life by two great actors, known for both their TV and stage work, who play all the roles between them. Emmett Skilton  (The Almighty Johnsons, Home by Christmas, Tribes) and Phil Peleton (Outrageous Fortune, Nothing Trivial and Tadpole’s  Driving Miss Daisy and The Woman in Black).

Set in County Kerry, Ireland, a little rural town is suddenly overrun by a Hollywood film crew and most of the inhabitants are employed as extras for the shoot. The efforts of the films production managers to create what they perceive as authentic Irish culture creates many of the comedic moments in the play, which centres around two friends, Charlie and Jake, who are originally attracted to the novelty of a film shoot. As the glamour wears off and real life takes over, different priorities over a tragedy in the town cause friction, as conflicting personal agendas are revealed. This play is both moving and hilarious and one not to be missed.

Book at The PumpHouse for the strictly limited season from October 16th to 25th. Phone (09) 489-8360 or book online at

Performance times are Tuesday to Saturday at 7-30pm with a 4pm matinee on
Sunday 19 October. 

by Channel Magazine