'Stones In His
Pockets' by Marie Jones
Directed by: Richard Parish
Lighting and Sound by: Alex Lyon
Cast: Adam Roberts and David Webb
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'Stones in his Pockets', was released for amateur performance in 2007. To celebrate this, Nick Hern Books, who hold the rights, ran a competition, in conjunction with the national magazine 'Amateur Stage'. Lighted Fools Theatre Company won the first prize of 5 royalty-free performances.
When a major Hollywood film studio descends on a village in rural Ireland, the demand for extras from the local community is huge. As the story unfolds, just two actors bring to life over fifteen extraordinary characters. This highly-acclaimed comedy by Marie Jones has won numerous theatre awards including the Evening Standard and the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Comedy of the
Year, as well as three Tony nominations on Broadway
REVIEW OF 'STONES IN HIS POCKETS' AT CRANLEIGH ARTS
CENTRE BY JAMES WOOD
Lighted Fools Theatre Company is now six years old and has gained
a well-deserved reputation for outstanding productions. 'Stones
In His Pockets', which has just finished a short run at
Cranleigh, is no exception. Brilliantly written by Marie Jones,
it tells the story of the effect on a small Irish community when
a film crew descends upon it, and hires most of the local
population as extras. The play was first performed in Belfast
nine years ago, and has since had highly acclaimed productions in
the West End and on Broadway but this is one of the first amateur
productions. The unique feature of the play is that all the
parts...and there are fifteen of them...are played by just two
men. David Webb and Adam Roberts both give scintillating
performances and are clearly thoroughly enjoying themselves as
they leap from character to character. They are entirely
believable as they slide from sinuous blonde to rough Irish
peasant via various film crew members in the twinkling of an eye.
Full marks too to director Richard Parish who marshalled and
controlled the evening as it flashed smoothly from scene to
scene, and also to lighting and sound man Alex Lyon who managed
to create so many different locations on the very simple set. The
high spot of the evening, however, was undoubtedly the hilarious
Irish jig, performed impeccably by the two actors, and making us
believe that the stage was full of people. This was a wonderful
evening in the theatre, and you can catch it again at The Barn
Theatre Club in West Molesey on 25th and 26th April.
Adam Roberts and David Webb who appeared in 'Stones In His
COMMENTS FROM OUR AUDIENCE ON 'STONES IN HIS
I have just come in from seeing a fab performance of 'Stones in
his Pockets' by Lighted Fools!
Congratulations on a great performance tonight ,we both enjoyed
the evening very much. Loved the Irish dancing. We admired the
versatility and had a good laugh.!
Had a call from David this morning to warn me that as I had a
heart condition I better be careful as they have not laughed so
much for a long time...it was just the funniest thing they have
ever seen...heaps of praise.!
Just to say - WELL DONE, both actors were FANTASTIC! We all
loved the production and much appreciated the hard work put
Last night was great I really enjoyed it, so much so I got my
husband to ring his parents and get them to come and see it, they
are at this moment trying to rearrange their lives so they can
We enjoyed the play last night, it kept you interested to the
Absolutely loved it....thoroughly enjoyed it.!
Superb – a triumph! Absolutely fantastic – very well
done – acting breathtaking – fantastic evening's
Wonderful – wonderful – congratulations – you
certainly go from strength to strength folks. We also enjoyed the
Just a very quick note to say just how fantastic I thought your
play was - what a tour de force by Adam and David.!
So enjoyed last night.....much more 'theatre' than 'drama' than I
expected. Thought I was going to have to do a lot of
We very much enjoyed the show. Funny yet poignant. Excellent
characterisation and a good set.!
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed "Stones In His Pockets" on
Friday night. Two excellent actors, very imaginative direction
and a very slick production overall.!
I wish to say a big thank you for a wonderful play. I enjoyed it
so much that I could see it again. I looked around and everyone
seemed to love it. When you have your next production I hope to
be there. So will you say to everyone involved – thanks a
Many thanks for a wonderful evening of theatre last Friday at the
Cranleigh Arts Centre. A real tour de force for all concerned. A
highly enjoyable performance from both Adam and David.
Congratulations all round!!
Just returned home after watching the play. We all found it to be
superb, so very well done. Congratulations to you and the two
guys you directed. It was a fabulous play and a wonderful
. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the play this evening -
wonderful! The cast was excellent.!
We both thought last night was the best yet. Tremendous
performance by both.!
We so enjoyed the play – it was amazing and the actors were
terrific. I am sorry we couldn’t stay for the
The play was magnificent. I had seen the West End production and
this was better!!
What a great interpretation of Marie Jones' play. I couldn't
fault it, utterly seamless. What brilliant actors, so physical
and yet so sensitive! We were mesmerised and completely
enthralled throughout. How you moved the actors, their various
pieces of business, costumes and the setting, told us just how
much inspiration you gave in directing this play. The backcloth
added enormously in setting the scene. Just loved that you kept
all the shoes and boots along the back. That was so right, so
why change it.!
Congratulations on a wonderful production – what a treat to
go and see an amateur show that had flare, talent and creativity
in spades! So glad we saw it, please keep us informed of
forthcoming Lighted Fools productions, ‘cause you’re