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A distortion of the film, Stand By Me.

As flashing neon lights descend upon the tracks, a boxing-gloved boy with a death wish comes head to head with a white suited locomotive and a deer in black patent stilettos.

Castle Rock is a new story inspired by three of the voiceless characters in Stephen King’s novella The Body and its 1986 cult film adaptation, Stand By Me.

Expect distorted sound, movement and projection as Massive Owl contort the book’s characters and twist the film’s soundtrack into a reimagined story about loss.

Welcome to Castle Rock…

Some of the most distinctive and ingenious stage imagery I’ve seen on this scale. It’s stylish and coolly detached – right up to the moment when it reaches out a fist to grip your heart.
— Catherine Love, Exeunt Magazine.

Created by Massive Owl.

Performed by Jenny Duffy, Sam Powell and Danny Prosser.

Additional music by Sammy Metcalfe/Sleepwalk Collective. 


Supported by Arts Council England, the Barbican Centre, Bristol Ferment, ICIA Bath, The Island, Arnolfini, Project Arts Centre, Live Collision, Fringe Lab and the British Council (Ireland).

Performed at Trinity Centre (Bristol), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), GIFT Festival (Gateshead), Mayfest/Bristol Old Vic (Bristol), the Barbican Centre’s ‘Open Lab Festival’/Rich Mix (London), The Lowry (Salford), Battersea Arts Centre (London), OUTNOW! Festival/Schwankhalle (Bremen, Germany, Flare Festival/HOME (Manchester), Departure Lounge/Derby Theatre (Derby) and SLAP Festival/York Theatre Royal (York).


Photography by Paul Samuel White