Stones in His Pockets returns for Udderfest 2016

Acting duo from Prince Rupert is performing the tragicomedy, Stones in His Pockets, twice before their debut in Edmonton.

Michael Gurney and Lucas Anders performing Stones in His Pockets at the Lester Centre of the Arts in December.

Acting duo from Prince Rupert is performing the tragicomedy, Stones in His Pockets, twice before their debut at Canada’s largest Fringe Theatre Festival in Edmonton.

Michael Gurney and Lucas Anders gave audiences their first taste of Stones in December 2015 at the Lester Centre of the Arts, where audiences followed the two actors as they dipped in and out of 15 different characters roles of both genders with multiple accents.

The 90-minute production is set in southern Ireland where a Hollywood production rolls in to film a movie. This causes a stir in the rural community where big time actors mingle with starstruck residents who are paid to be extras in the film. Drama strikes when one local man’s dreams are crushed, leading him to take grave actions.

The play was written by Marie Jones and premiered in Belfast in 1996. In December, Gurney and Anders demonstrated their talent and ambition as actors for taking on the witty Irish tragicomedy.  They have been practicing for months ever since in preparation for the Fringe Theatre Festival.

“Our adrenaline is surging at the prospect of bringing this production from B.C. to the Edmonton Fringe,” Anders said, who plays seven roles including the broody impassioned young Jake Quinn, a native of County Kerry, Aisling, the assistant director and Mickey, the pipe smoking elder in town.

“As an actor, the performance demands greater energy and empathy than any production I’ve been involved with previously. Audiences are in for a whirlwind ride of raucous fun and deep feeing,” he said.

Stones will play for Rupert audiences as part of the annual Udder Theatre Festival. The performance will be at the Tom Rooney Playhouse on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. and on Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.

The actors then hit the road for Edmonton to play six performances at King Edward School on Aug. 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 20. The Fringe festival is 10 days with more than 1,600 live theatre performances at 40 venues.