STONES IN HIS POCKETS
New Theatre, Cardiff
13 June 2019 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars
The New Theatre write, "A small village in rural Ireland is turned upside down when a major Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location. The story is told through the eyes of Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, employed as extras along with numerous other locals. As cultures clash, it becomes clear that Tinseltown's romanticized 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. Often hysterically funny, thought-provoking and witty, this wonderful comedy has won numerous awards including both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy, as well as three Tony nominations on Broadway. Stones in his Pockets ran for four years in the West End and has delighted audiences around the world. One of the UK's greatest directors of comedy, Lindsay Posner's many acclaimed productions include Noises Off at The Old Vic, and Abigail's Party, Relatively Speaking and Hay Fever in the West End. He was Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1987 - 1992, where his production of Death and the Maiden won two Olivier Awards. He recently directed God of Carnage for the Theatre Royal's 2018 Summer Season." Jesus, the cast of just 2 actors must be knackered every night after this show. It was solid dialogue and relentless character playing and changing. (Not bragging) I'd consider myself a professional theatre luvvie with years of practice experience. A theatre luvvie novice would struggle with concentrating at the rate of flitting from one persona/character to another. That takes some doing for the actors in this I reckon! The other huge plus was the comedy writing. Ranged from subtle to camp as tits to proper stand-up comedy. They really undercharged the tickets for this play - it was that good!
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