By Sarah Argent, in collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company

Bucket & Henry take a drive

Bucket & Henry take a drive (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’s national tour of its insightful new play for children aged 4 and older, commenced at Draíocht on Monday 8th April. 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 have been resoundingly enthusiastic – comments included ‘pure theatre’, ‘visually imaginative’ and ‘…they haven’t stopped talking about it since.’

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 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 ProductionVenuesProduction History
Bucket: Paul CurleyDraíocht, Blanchardstown8th 9th & 10th April 2013
Henry: John CurrivanWexford Arts Centre11th April 2013
Written & directed by:
Sarah Argent
(in collaboration with the company)
Mullingar Arts Centre15th & 16th April 2013
Set Designer: Carol BeteraSiamsa Tíre, Tralee18th April 2013
Set Builder: TPSRiverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge20th April 2013
Costume Designer: Carol BeteraCultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee24th April 2013
Composer: Jack CawleySource Arts Centre, Thurles26th April 2013
Lighting Designer: Mark Galione
Stage Manager: Steve Rider
Production Manager: Vincent Demspey
Graphic Designer: Alé Mercado