Irish Comedy Stones Transfers to West EndDate: 31 March 2000
Irish writer Marie Jones' Stones in his Pockets arrives in the West End this spring for a limited twelve-week season. The award-winning comedy transfers to the New Ambassadors on 24 May, previews from 23 May, following a seven-week return season at the north London fringe Tricycle Theatre from 4 April 2000. The production played an earlier sell-out season at the Tricycle after being seen at last year's Edinburgh Festival.
The two-hander stars Irish actors Conleth Hill and Sean Campion who play two County Kerry men whose village life is upset by the arrival of a Hollywood film crew which is shooting a new blockbuster. Hill and Campion play Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn as well as the spoilt movie star Caroline, the entire crew, miscellaneous film extras and various locals. The comedy is inspired by Jones' own experience as an actor in the 1993 film In the Name of the Father, starring Daniel Day Lewis.
Hill and Campion will both be making their West End debuts in the production. They recently performed together in Belfast in the Lyric Theatre's production of Waiting for Godot. Hill won the prize for Best Actor for Stones in his Pockets at this year's Irish Theatre Awards, where the comedy also won the award for Best Production.
Jones' previous plays include Women on the Verge of HRT and the sequel Women on the Verge...Get a Life, which is currently touring the UK. Her new play Ruby, based on the life of Ruby Murray, opens in Belfast next month.
Stones in his Pockets is directed by Ian McElhinney, who also directs Ruby. It is designed by Jack Kirwan with lighting by James C McFetridge and costumes by Anne Whittaker.