Review: Stones in his Pockets

Tricycle Theatre ****

A picturesque town in County Kerry is invaded by the Hollywood machine and turned into the film set for the next blockbuster.

The consequences are seperately severe and sublime and soon-to-be artistic director of the Tricycle, Indhu Rubasingham’s pared down version does justice to both those elements of Marie Jones’ play.

Two parallel stories run – a hoity city film crew are trying to make a movie, using the locals as extras, while the town faces up to the loss of one of its inhabitants.

Rubasingham has managed to draw out the parallels between these strands powerfully. Each plot intertwines with the other with a delicate balance. When the two storylines meet, the effect itself is almost cinematic.

As the director of the film asks the two young county Kerry extras to act as “deeply depressed” men and the spotlight trains on the faces of two men who have just lost someone to suicide, the symmetry of the story shines through.

The two-man cast, Jamie Beamish and Owen McDonnell, move nicely through this play bringing vigour to each of the many characters they assume.

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Beamish tackles happy-go-lucky Charlie along with scoffing director Clem, the smooth first director and makes a memorable performance as the Hollywood lead actress.

McDonnell brings charm to his main role as discontented Jake who has come home with his tail between his legs to a town he wanted to leave behind, along with his other roles – all done well.

Comedy is plentiful and frequent but never overdone – leaving the bittersweet lining of Jones’ story intact.


Until February 4