By Sarah Argent, in collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company

“bockety brilliance” and 4 STARS! – The Irish Times, April 2013

“a stand-out piece of children’s theatre” – Irish Theatre Magazine, April 2013


Bucket & Henry look to night sky (Photo: Dylan Vaughan)

What is friendship? What happens when it goes wrong?

What do you have to do to make it work?

Barnstorm Theatre Company commences an autumn tour of its insightful new play for children aged 4 and older, this coming October. 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.

Responses to its World Premiere in Kilkenny were resoundingly enthusiastic – comments from parents and teachers included ‘pure theatre’, ‘visually imaginative’ and ‘…they haven’t stopped talking about it since.’ Exceptional reviews in The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine (find links to reviews at top of this page).

Written and directed by Sarah Argent, based on a collaborative devising process with Barnstorm, The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket is humorous and rich in visual antics. Through Henry and Bucket’s relationship we can examine what friendship is, what happens if it goes wrong and how you fix it.

Their friendship reflects the bockety world they inhabit – there are wobbles and shakes, and it’s not quite level all the time but it works! How do friends reconcile when they’ve had their battles, got on each other’s nerves, and even stooped to telling lies…?

This is an entertaining, thought-provoking exploration of friendship for young children and their families.

A play for children aged 4 and older.

Running time: 40 minutes

The ProductionVenuesTour Dates
Bucket: Paul CurleyThe Barn, Kilkenny
056 7751266
Fri 18th Oct:
10am & 11.30am
Sat 19th: 2pm
Henry: John CurrivanDunamaise, Portlaoise
057 8663355
Tue Oct 22nd:
10am & 11.15am
Written & directed by:
Sarah Argent
(in collaboration with the company)
Sticky Fingers Festival,
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry
028 30257885
Fri Oct 25th:
4.30pm & 7pm
Sat 26th: 11am & 2pm
Set Designer: Carol BeteraMill Theatre Dundrum
01 2969340
Sun Oct 27th:
2.30pm & 4pm
Set Builder: TPSRoola Boola Festival, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar
094 9023733
Mon Oct 28th:
2.30pm & 4.30pm
Costume Designer: Carol BeteraRamor Theatre, Virginia
049 8547074
Sat Nov 2nd:
2pm & 4pm
Composer: Jack CawleyPavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
01 2312929
Tue Nov 5th:
10am & 11.30am
Lighting Designer: Mark GalioneGB Shaw Theatre, Carlow
059 9172400
Fri Nov 8th:
10am & 11.30am
Stage Manager: Steve RiderMoat Theatre, Naas
045 883030
Sat Nov 9th:
2.30pm & 4pm
Production Manager: Vincent DemspeyLime Tree Theatre, Limerick
061 774774
Mon Nov 11th & Tue 12th:
10am & 11.30am
Graphic Designer: Alé MercadoBackstage Theatre, Longford
043 3347888
Wed Nov 13th:
Thur 14th:
10am & 11.30am