Irish Stage Company is a collaboration of professional theatre performers, committed to undertaking daring and thought provoking theatre
A tragicomedy, Stones in His Pockets is set in a small town in County Kerry, Ireland, which is being overrun by a Hollywood film crew filming the “Quiet Valley”. The story centres on Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, who, like much of the town, are thrilled to be employed as extras for the movie. The efforts of the production crew to create a proper, romanticized “Irish feel” often conflicts with real life in a rural Irish town and the result is hilarious. Amidst the comedy however, the harsh realities of rural life surface and real stories are poignantly told.
The play calls upon the cast of two to perform all 15 characters (men and women), often switching gender and voice with swift dexterity and the absolute bare minimum of costume changes.
Stones in His Pockets won the Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Award for Best Production in 1999, two Olivier Awards in 2001 for Best New Comedy and Best Actor (Conleth Hill) and the same year was also nominated for three Tony Awards. In Toronto, Mirvish Productions with sold out performances last produced the show in 2001.
Stephen Farrell, Actor – as Jake Quinn
Originally from Strabane, Co. Tyrone and a graduate of the University of Ulster, Coleraine.
Selected theatre credits: The Lonesome West, A Skull in Connemara, The Weir, At the Black Pigs Dyke, I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell, Moll (TIP)
TV & Film credits: appearances in Reign, Satisfaction, Murdoch Mysteries, Dark Matter and Rogue; recurring role on Hemlock Grove and featured in the upcoming film, The Space Between
Stephen has taken courses at The Gaiety Theatre School, Dublin and at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Sydney.
Mark Whelan, Actor, as Charlie Conlon
Originally from Dublin and a graduate of the Irish College of Music.
Although you may recognize him as “the Sleeman guy” in those great beer commercials, Mark is regular performer in Film, Television and Theatre.
In selected theatre, A Number ( Cart/Horse ), A Delicate Balance, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Alumnae), Of Mice and Men (Tribal), A Scull in Connemara, James Joyce’s The Dead, Da (TIP) Sunshine Express, Separate Beds (Globus), and Falling A Wake (Lost and Found).
His recent tv credits include appearances in Republic of Doyle, Murdoch’s Mysteries, The Divide, The Listener, Being Erica, Breakout Kings among others. In film, Love and Savagery, Sunday at Tiffany’s, the recently released Pompeii and watch for him too in Adam Sandler’s latest film release Pixels.
James Barrett, Director
James has worked as an actor, producer, and director. Theatre credits include; Chains of Justice with The Stage Co., Biloxi Blues at Persephone Theatre, Written, Directed, Starring, and Jackpot Touring the Fringe, Bordertown Café and Peggy Grace with Kawartha Summer Theatre and Peggy Grace again at The Red Barn Theatre. James is also one of the cocreators of ‘Mine!’ which toured to great successful and was recently performed again here at Globus Theatre.
At Globus Theatre James has performed in Blithe Spirit, The Foursome, Home to Roost, Here on the Flight Path, The Motor Trade, Art, It Had To Be You, Storm Warning, I Ought to be in Pictures, Having Relations, Nobody’s Perfect, Sunshine Express, The Love List, The Secret Lives of Henry & Alice, Looking, The Hound of the Baskerville, Sexy Laundry, The Long Weekend, No Tell Motel & Making a Move.
He has directed Do You Take This Man?, Fanny Hill, April in Paris, Billy Bishop Goes to War, B4 & After, Trying, Soccer Moms, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Educating Rita, Kitchen Witches, Talking Heads, Knickers!, The Woman In Black, Glorious!, The 39 Steps, Harvest, Til it Hurts, The Men Commandments, The Mysterious Mr Love, Shirley Valentine, Separate Beds & No Tell Motel.
James’ television credits include Missing Treasures, Top Cops, Codename Eternity, Amazon, D.C., Twice in a Lifetime, and The Eleventh Hour. Film credits include Welcome to Mooseport and Knockaround Guys. James trained at the University of Windsor and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.
Sarah Barton, Stage Manager
Selected credits: Canada 300 (Watermark Theatre), The Wedding Singer (Hart House Theatre), Guys & Dolls, A Chorus Line, Tommy (Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Programme), Something Unspoken (The Tennessee Project), Closer, No Exit (Theatre Bassaris).
As an assistant stage manager: Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde (Theatre Aquarius), The Ladies Foursome (Upper Canada Playhouse), Beatrice & Virgil (Factory Theatre), Great Expectations (Theatre Orangeville), Festival Dances (The Banff Centre).
Sarah holds a degree in Theatre Production & Design from York University. She also works as a production manager and musician in the Toronto area.
Book Tickets. Please note to book tickets you will be redirected to Arts People for ticket processing.
November 26, 2015 until December 12, 2015 at Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley St, Toronto.
Dates: November: 26th, 27th, 28th, (29th – Sold Out)
December: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th 12th
All shows are 8pm except Sunday Nov 29th and the Sunday Dec 6th at 2pm.
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General Admission : $25
Senior / Student: $20 (ID required)
Actra/Equity: $20 (ID required)
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Starring Role: $2,500 – Prominent Credit on poster, website, Facebook page, full-page playbill ad, theatre lobby signage plus 10 complimentary tickets for performances of your choice. Shout out in all media interviews.
Principal Sponsor: $500 – Credit on website and Facebook page, half-page playbill ad, plus 4 complimentary tickets for performances of your choice.
Supporting Sponsor: $200 – Single sheet insert in the playbill as the evening of sponsor. (Tonight’s performance is sponsored by the generous support of your ad here) plus 2 complimentary tickets for performances of your choice.