Game of Thrones stars coming to Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 16:44 21 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:44 21 September 2014

Conor Delaney stars in Stones in his Pocket at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage

Conor Delaney stars in Stones in his Pocket at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage

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Stars from Game of Thrones will be coming to Stevenage later this month.

Stones in his Pocket at the Gordon Craig Theatre in StevenageStones in his Pocket at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage

An award-winning comedy which has become one of the most highly-praised plays of recent years is coming to a Stevenage theatre this week.

Stones In His Pockets, by Irish writer Marie Jones, can be seen at the Gordon Craig on Wednesday, September 24 and Thursday, September 25, with original director Ian McElhinney – now starring in the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones as Barristan Selmy – once again at the helm.

The two-hander has been nominated for a Tony Award on Broadway and enjoyed a lengthy run in London’s West End as part of its worldwide success.

It tells the moving tale of a quiet Irish community, turned upside down by the arrival of a massive Hollywood movie production.

Conor Delaney, who also has Game of Thrones on his CV, as well as roles in Irish detective drama Jack Taylor and The Tudors, and Stephen Jones, from TV’s Ripper Street, make up the cast, playing 15 characters between them.

Along the way they transform themselves into cheeky lads intent on stardom to a Hollywood goddess.

Conor is clear about why the show is such a hit with audiences, so far being seen on stage by more than two million people.

“People always love a good story,” he said.

“In a time of instant multimedia, it’s refreshing that people can come to the theatre, switch off their devices and sit back to enjoy storytelling in its purest form.

“Watching two actors play multiple characters is something that audiences particularly enjoy in Stones In His Pockets.”

Director McElhinney is also a big fan of the play written by award-winning Irish writer Marie Jones, who played Sarah Conlon in the Jim Sheridan film In The Name of the Father. He said: “It captivates the audience’s imagination because an awful lot is created with very little.”

He added: “Conor and Stephen play 15 characters between them and they have to be able to perceptively create different kinds of characters.

“In the blink of an eye you have to see another body shape, hear another voice, and become aware of a different person.

“They have to be able to give you that flexibility, and some actors are very gifted that way.

“What we try to do is create that magic without props and without going off the stage.

“Although Stones is labelled as a comedy which is played with lightness, there is a pretty serious story. It’s an interesting challenge.”

* The show will be staged in Stevenage on Wednesday and Thursday, with curtain up at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £21. Call the box office on 01438 363200 to go to www.gordon-craig.co.uk


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