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Pocket Rocket by Lea Daniel & Gary Kirkham
Directed by Linda Moore
Set Design: Victoria Harrop
Costume Design: Emlyn Murray
Lighting Design: Marion Marchant
Photos by: Andrew Brooks

 

Audience Reviews:

“Cannot say enough about this play. A great idea for a group of old friends to get together.” – Pen Gwyn

“A charming night at the theatre. Go see it if you can.” – Andrea Boyd, Artistic Director – Festival Antigonish

“He shoots he scores! A really fun evening at the opening of Pocket Rocket at Theatre Baddeck!” – Sam Rosenthal, Artistic Producer – Eastern Front Theatre

“8-year-old daughter and I really enjoyed a great evening at Pocket Rocket at Theatre Baddeck. A big crowd enjoyed the talented cast, cozy theatre. Definitely recommended, especially if you are a hockey fan! Lots of Canadian history!” – Vince Forrestall

“Awesome opening night!” – Kate Thomson

“We thoroughly enjoyed it. The one hour drive was well worth it!” – TripAdvisor

“Wonderful! The acting was excellent, as were costumes and sets.” – TripAdvisor

 

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IN THE PRESS:

“Theatre Baddeck’s ‘Pocket Rocket’ a nostalgic exploration of street-hockey” – The Chronicle Herald (September 13, 2018)

 

 

Henricus Gielis, Ron Newcombe, Sidath Rankaduwa, Taylor Olson, and Hannah Ziss in rehearsal for POCKET ROCKET

 

 

“POCKET ROCKET took me back to my own adolescence – it is filled with humour, pathos and heart-wrenching emotion that will find you laughing one moment and deep in thought the next.”
– Arts Connection“A wise and gentle comedy that shows how the experience of playing a game together gradually turns into an unbreakable friendship.” – Stage Door

“There’s a power in this story. All of us have been through parts of the story aptly presented on stage.” – Judith Robinson

“POCKET ROCKET will appeal not just to hockey fans but anyone who remembers what it was like to be a kid with a dream.” – The Record

POCKET ROCKET begins in 1967. It’s the Centennial, the last year of the NHL’s original six and the “summer of love.” Four friends – three boys and a girl – gather for their usual game of street hockey. Things change when a new kid arrives in the neighbourhood. This sets off a story that follows these five friends over three decades against the backdrop of a changing country, through evolving identities, persistent friendships, and a boundless love of the game.

This quintessentially Canadian comedy will be directed by former Neptune Theatre Artistic Director Linda Moore and features an all-Nova Scotian acting company. It is not to be missed and tickets are on sale now!

 

 

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Henricus Gielis, Ron Newcombe, Sidath Rankaduwa, Taylor Olson, and Hannah Ziss in rehearsal for POCKET ROCKET

 

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“POCKET ROCKET took me back to my own adolescence – it is filled with humour, pathos and heart-wrenching emotion that will find you laughing one moment and deep in thought the next.”
– Arts Connection“A wise and gentle comedy that shows how the experience of playing a game together gradually turns into an unbreakable friendship.” – Stage Door“There’s a power in this story. All of us have been through parts of the story aptly presented on stage.” – Judith Robinson

“POCKET ROCKET will appeal not just to hockey fans but anyone who remembers what it was like to be a kid with a dream.” – The Record

POCKET ROCKET begins in 1967. It’s the Centennial, the last year of the NHL’s original six and the “summer of love.” Four friends – three boys and a girl – gather for their usual game of street hockey. Things change when a new kid arrives in the neighbourhood. This sets off a story that follows these five friends over three decades against the backdrop of a changing country, through evolving identities, persistent friendships, and a boundless love of the game.

This quintessentially Canadian comedy will be directed by former Neptune Theatre Artistic Director Linda Moore and features an all-Nova Scotian acting company. It is not to be missed and tickets are on sale now!

 

 

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With rave reviews and sold out shows, The Ladies Foursome and Dancing on the Elephant were big hits! But our 2018 Season is not over yet – get the scoop on POCKET ROCKET below and order tickets NOW! The Box Office can be reached at 902-412-7122 and will answer and return calls from 9am-8pm 7 days a week.
 

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“POCKET ROCKET took me back to my own adolescence – it is filled with humour, pathos and heart-wrenching emotion that will find you laughing one moment and deep in thought the next.”
– Arts Connection“A wise and gentle comedy that shows how the experience of playing a game together gradually turns into an unbreakable friendship.” – Stage Door“There’s a power in this story. All of us have been through parts of the story aptly presented on stage.” – Judith Robinson”POCKET ROCKET will appeal not just to hockey fans but anyone who remembers what it was like to be a kid with a dream.” – The Record
POCKET ROCKET begins in 1967. It’s the Centennial, the last year of the NHL’s original six and the “summer of love.” Four friends – three boys and a girl – gather for their usual game of street hockey. Things change when a new kid arrives in the neighbourhood. This sets off a story that follows these five friends over three decades against the backdrop of a changing country, through evolving identities, persistent friendships, and a boundless love of the game.

This quintessentially Canadian comedy will be directed by former Neptune Theatre Artistic Director Linda Moore and features an all-Nova Scotian acting company. It is not to be missed and tickets are on sale now!

Buy POCKET ROCKET tickets now!
From page to stage – below, read about the playwrights’ fascinating journey creating POCKET ROCKET … 

Excerpt from ‘Hockey is Life’ by Bob Vrbanac (20 April 2016)
There are a lot of people who think hockey is life in Canada, but there are also moments when the game reveals human nature in a comedic way.

That’s what playwrights Lea Daniel and Gary Kirkham decided over dinner one night when they sketched out a concept of a group of friends who get together over a road hockey game in 1967, and then revisit them every 14 years after, until 1995.

“Lea started talking to me about this concept about playing street hockey and 10 minutes in we started getting excited about it,” said Kirkham. “The next thing you know I wasn’t just listening, I was helping her write it.

“It was this wonderful moment of ‘this would be such a wonderful play,’ and the idea of these kids playing the game and the moments in between when everything really happens.”

Kirkham, the former playwright-in-residence at the Blyth Festival in 2008 and author of Falling: A Wake, which has been produced all over the world and translated into several languages, said it has echoes of the Seven Up documentary series that revisits the lives of a group of British school children every seven years to see how they’ve turned out.

In the case of Pocket Rocket, the friends come back at 14 year intervals, and although a lot has happened in their lives, the comedy comes from how they can return to those squabbling kids they were when they first came together over a game of road hockey.

“The game is almost like an excuse for them to get together,” said Kirkham. “There is a longevity to the game, and they just keep coming back to it. Everything changes and nothing changes.”

The road hockey game also has a way of revealing someone’s character.

“You get these great group dynamics and the power structure that naturally happens,” said Kirkham. “We would play off each other, and I would say that’s such a true moment.

“It explains how we got from A to B.”

Kirkham said he was never a street hockey star himself as an immigrant to Canada from England in 1967, but it was a great introduction to the culture.

“I was always the last guy to get chosen,” he said with a laugh. “But you still got together and played and the team usually got an extra player.”

The play also makes fun of the reverential way road hockey players assume the identities of their favourite players. In this case, no one wants to assume the mantle of one of the game’s greatest players, Maurice “Rocket” Richard, but have no problems playing Henri “The Pocket Rocket” Richard, who went on to win the most Stanley Cups as a player.

“The one guy chooses the Pocket Rocket because he doesn’t want the pressure of being the best player,” said Kirkham. “Then he keeps coming back to it and it becomes part of the core of the play.”

Of course, the play features the most iconic line heard in a road hockey game — Car!

“We had to have it,” said Kirkham. “If we didn’t have that line, then forget it.

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Reviews for The Ladies Foursome:
My wife and I have not attended live theatre in several years. Our return has not disappointed us. The play was enjoyable, funny and thought provoking, in addition to being presented to us by a cast that met the entertainment of the script. We were very happy with our return to theatre!” – TripAdvisor reviewAn excellent production of a funny and poignant play. Very well acted. It was an enjoyable theatre experience.” – TripAdvisor reviewIt was performed by four very talented actresses and was a great way to end an evening in Baddeck. Performed in a quaint setting in the round, we thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hour production. Bravo to the great cast!” – TripAdvisor review”[Theatre Baddeck’s ‘The Ladies Foursome’] was the most enjoyable play I have seen in a while. A small cast of 4 was able to totally engage the audience in a funny but very moving experience. Each one of the 4 actors was unique to her role and each was a believable, strong character. Each one of our group of 4 was moved to tears with the sensitive and meaningful ending. A must see production!” – Susan Y.
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Saturday, August 11 3:30pm
Saturday, August 11 8:00pm
Thursday, August 16 7:30pm
Friday, August 17 7:30pm
Saturday, August 18 3:30pm
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Reviews for Dancing on the Elephant:
“It was excellent! The actors were extraordinary, so committed to their parts and to the script. The story line was beautifully told; it was sad, painful, funny and hopeful. It truly was a fantastic show. I would recommend this show at Theatre Baddeck as a must see.” – Colleen M.”The acting is just superb. A remarkable and impressive performance!” – TripAdvisor review​”The acting was excellent. A must see! And the plays humour had a Cape Breton twist.” TripAdvisor review”A hilarious, moving, sad, tearjerking, well played piece!” – patron
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Thursday, August 9 7:30pm
Friday, August 10 7:30pm
Sunday, August 12 4:00pm
Tuesday, August 14 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 15 7:30pm
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POCKET ROCKET begins in 1967. It’s the Centennial, the last year of the NHL’s original six and the “summer of love.” Four friends – three boys and a girl – gather for their usual game of street hockey. Things change when a new kid arrives in the neighbourhood. This sets off a story that follows these five friends over three decades against the backdrop of a changing country, through evolving identities, persistent friendships, and a boundless love of the game.

Reviews for POCKET ROCKET:
“A wise and gentle comedy that shows how the experience of playing a game together gradually turns into an unbreakable friendship.” – Stage Door”Pocket Rocket took me back to my own adolescence – it is filled with humour, pathos and heart-wrenching emotion that will find you laughing one moment and deep in thought the next.” – Arts Connection
This quintessentially Canadian comedy will be directed by former Neptune Theatre Artistic Director Linda Moore and features an all-Nova Scotian acting company. It is not to be missed and tickets are on sale now!

Buy POCKET ROCKET tickets now!
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