Irish tour in 2022!
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The Crock of Gold will be touring Ireland in August 2022 – dates, venues and tickets to be announced, stay tuned!
Photos: Jean Pierre Estournet
About The Crock of Gold.
Adapted from The James Stephens’ novel, this unique, comic novel is a fertile mixture of Irish folklore, modern fable and mythology. Extremely funny and full of wisdom and magic, it and its author have been somewhat forgotten in the canon of Irish literature, however, this sad fact has given us a terrific opportunity to restore it to the place where it should still be – a vital part of Ireland’s rich cultural heritage which can only deepen the connection between people, place and the past.
With a comic and intricate web of philosophers, leprechauns, pagan gods and policemen, this tale leads us from darkness to light while asking some of life’s fundamental questions …
Footsbarn Travelling Theatre :: Crock of Gold [Feat: Glen Hansard and Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich] – a short film by Myles O’Reilly
Music by Glen Hansard.
Philosopher: Vincent GRACIEUX
Philosopher, Meehawl, The Fat Woman, Brigadier, Looradain: Paddy HAYTER
The Thin Woman, Cathleen: June MCGRANE
Brida, Looradain: Zoe HAYTER
Seumas, Looradain: Henri ALEXANDRE
Angus Og, Shawn, Looradain: Haris Haka RESIC
The Grey Woman, Pan, The Old Lady, Policeman, Looradain: Tony WADHAM
Musician: Glen HANSARD
Musician, Narrator: Breanndán O BEAGLAOICH
Young boy: Maire SAARITSA / Jules HARRAP
Artistic Direction: Paddy Hayter, Vincent Gracieux
Text adaptation: Vincent Gracieux
Music: Glen Hansard, Breanndán O Beaglaoich and Footsbarn Theatre
Set design, masks, props: Fredericka Hayter
Projections: Sophie Lascelles
Costumes: Pascaline Riccardi
Lighting designer: Jean Grison
Lighting operator: Jules Harrap
Stage manager: Léo Laforet
Duration: 90 minutes with no interval
The main character, the philosopher, leaves his family and the darkness of the forest of Coilla Doraca in search of a girl kidnapped by the God Pan. On the way he meets a multitude of characters and incredible situations that illustrate the on-going problems of our society. His journey becomes an odyssey that will change him forever.
James Stephens was born in Dublin in 1882 and died in 1950 in London. His father died when James was only an infant and his mother abandoned him when he was six years old. He lived on the streets for a time having ran away from school. He became a writer and it was the success of his comic novel, The Crock of Gold (1912) that enabled him to live and write full-time in Paris for a few years. Stephens is regarded as one of the most Irish of all Irish writers, his style being playful, funny, mischievous, poetic, lyrical and whimsical. He is regarded as being utterly unique and original; a fact that can possibly be attributed to his being largely self-taught. Stephen himself describes the novel as a metaphor for the awakening and liberation of the Irish people.