Two actors, a handful of costume changes, a rural backdrop and a massive trunk – that’s what you need to stage a fantastic production of Stones in his Pockets, certainly if these brilliant production shots are anything to go by. Take a look, then book your tickets!
Marie Jones‘ award-winning tale of Hollywood coming to Ireland is revived in a brand new production at the Rose Theatre Kingston until 9 March 2019.
The co-production between Rose Theatre Kingston and Theatre Royal Bath Productions, directed by Lindsay Posner, will head west to Bath after its London debut, playing at the Theatre Royal from 11-16 March. The tour then takes it to Liverpool, Southampton, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, Malvern, Mold, Eastbourne, Cambridge, Cardiff, Guildford and Nottingham, with more venues to be announced.
A small village in rural Ireland is turned upside down when a major Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location. Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn are employed as extras, along with numerous other locals. As cultures clash, it becomes clear that Tinseltown’s romanticised dream of Ireland is a long, long way from reality. Just two talented actors brilliantly bring to life a multitude of extraordinary characters, ranging from the spoilt American starlet to the English director and the village old timer.
The two performers breathing life into all the characters in this production of Stones in his Pockets are Owen Sharpe and Kevin Trainor. Sharpe’s previous London credits include Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards The Somme (Hampstead Theatre) and She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), while Trainor recently starred in the acclaimed An Octoroon at both the Orange Tree Theatre and National Theatre.
Stones in his Pockets premiered at the West Belfast Festival in 1996, starring Game of Thrones’ Conleth Hill and Tim Murphy. It subsequently played the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, toured Ireland and ran at the Edinburgh Festival in 1999 before moving to London’s Tricycle Theatre (now the Kiln).
Following tremendous success at the Tricycle, it transferred to the West End, where it ran for four years. Hill was still part of the original London cast, and went on to win the Olivier Award for Best Actor in 2001. The show won Best Comedy. Hill was joined by Sean Campion in the original London cast, and both transferred the show to Broadway, where it was nominated for three Tony Awards.
Playwright Marie Jones OBE started her theatrical life as an actor, appearing in In the Name of the Father, before turning her hand to writing. Her plays include A Night in November, Women on the Verge of HRT and, most recently, Dear Arabella.
This new production is directed by Lindsay Posner, whose acclaimed productions include West End stagings of Abigail’s Party, Relatively Speaking and Hay Fever.
Stones in his Pockets plays as part of a spring season at Rose Theatre Kingston that also includes Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Rebus: Long Shadows, A Song at Twilight and Rotterdam.
Stones in his Pockets runs from 28 February to 9 March at Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL. Performances are Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays at 7.30pm and Fridays at 8pm with matinees Saturdays and 7 March at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced from £20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!
Images: Nobby Clark