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Reviewing Live Productions: Stones in his Pockets Stones in his Pockets is a highly successful play about a Hollywood film company shooting scenes of a new film in the Irish village of County

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Navdeep Sahota Monday, 4 April 2005 Reviewing Live Productions: Stones in his Pockets Stones in his Pockets is a highly successful play about a Hollywood film company shooting scenes of a new film in the Irish village of County Kerry. The company has previously filmed other Blockbusters in this village and use the inhabitants as extras. The plot centres around the filming of The Quiet Valley and two extras, Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, who are excited about the opportunity to star in a film and getting paid �40 per day. The whole play is acted out by two men, performing the roles of five or six different characters each. The performance was at the Bedford School Theatre. The stage is straight in front of the seats. ...read more.


The two actors were also dressed plainly and their costumes were nothing fancy or elaborate. This was probably due to the fact they had to change characters a number of times so they did not need to wear any substantial as it would take the emphasis away from the acting and the audience would not be able to believe the change of characters, especially when the actors change gender. The two actors gave admirable performances full of energy. Their different characterisations were carefully planned out and I was in awe of how easily they could adjust to being a different character. The two men, especially the actor playing Jake, gave first-class performances of female and elderly characters. They were very believable and towards the end of the performance I truly forgot that there were only two men on the stage. ...read more.


The play was funny with some good lines but the humour was not abundant as I expected it to be. Also, I feel that the storyline was not brilliant. It was mediocre and without the brilliant acting performances and witty lines the play would have been poor. The actors make the play pleasurable with the quality of the characterisations. There were moments in the play when I did find myself becoming bored and losing concentration. The play could also cause offence to some as there is strong language used regularly. It did not faze me during the performance but other people were obviously distracted with the language used. The play may also be considered to be insulting to Irish people as it portrays them drinking heavily, swearing a lot and being greedy for money. Nonetheless I would still recommend this play to others as the acting could be describe as a treat to watch. ...read more.

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