Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Stones In His Pockets (theatre)

I think that Stones In His Pockets might be the last Talking Scarlet production in their current season at the Devonshire Park Theatre. Set in modern-day County Kerry, Ireland, we see a rural community turned upside down by the arrival of an American film crew on location to capture the 'real' Ireland in a play which is both humorous and poignant.

Written by Belfast-based actress and playwright Marie Jones in 1996, Stones In His Pockets was originally performed by Dublin's DubbelJoint Theatre Company in West Belfast. It then went on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which opened doors to the West End. The winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2001 also won three Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway. The play only has two actors to cover fifteen different roles so they are required to swap voices, genders and hats with great dexterity and this provides many of the comedy moments. Also funny is the American film crew's attempts to produce their notion of the 'real Ireland', a nostalgic fantasy country which is, of course, a very long way from the truth. However the play has its darker side with great poignancy at key points.

Devonshire Park Theatre, Tue 16th to Sat 20th Jul, 19:45.
Wed and Sat matinees, 14:30.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person from the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.