Jim Crace’s The Gift of Stones brought to life at Ropery Hall

An extraordinary novel, The Gift of Stones by Jim Crace, is brought to live by the innovative North Yorkshire based North Country Theatre when they perform at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall on Saturday, October 3.

Set in a community of flint tool makers some 4000 years ago the play explores the origins of story telling, and a favourite North Country theme, truth, fiction, and the willing suspension of disbelief – in other words theatre itself.

Adapted for the stage and directed by North Country’s founder, Nobby Dimon, the play is narrated by a one-armed story teller and his daughter in a language as pared down and flinty as their tools and weapons.

The village where the play is set is full of flint knappers who are safe, self satisfied, and inward looking, but a stray arrow, an amputation, and a wild woman from the salt sea marshes bring murder, mystery and cataclysmic change.

Gift of Stones is the company’s latest production whose brilliant adaptations have ranged from the hilarious 39 Steps to the scary The Rocking Horse Winner, and most recently the deeply moving A Month in the Country.

The performance starts at 7.30pm and advance tickets costing £12 are available from www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.  Alternatively tickets can be bought on the door for £14.

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