Stones in his Pockets
Paul Johnson | 24 Sep 2011 00:20am
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.
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