Stones in His Pockets
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
First Staged:
Lyric Theatre, Belfast, & Tricyle Theatre, London, 1999; West End, 2000

Stones in His Pockets

By Marie Jones
  • Best New Comedy, Olivier Awards - 2001

Hollywood comes to rural Ireland in this hilarious multi-award winner which ran for four years in London's West End.

Stones in His Pockets is a comedy with a poignant undercurrent, about a small rural town in Ireland where a Hollywood epic is being filmed. The story centres on Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, who, like much of the town, are employed as extras for the filming. After a tragic incident concerning a local teenager, Charlie and Jake assume responsibility for giving an account of events, taking on all the roles themselves.

A two-hander that delights in exploring the limits of comedy and theatricality, and the collision of romanticised notions of 'Irishness' and the harsher reality, Stones in His Pockets has delighted audiences around the world.

Marie Jones's play was first staged at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in June 1999 before opening at the Tricycle Theatre, London, in August 1999. It transferred to the New Ambassadors Theatre, London, in May 2000.

Stones in His Pockets won the 2001 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Press Quotes

'An unalloyed source of joy, laughter, tears and delight... Marie Jones's script digs deep and dark while giving us two hours of serious pleasure'

Daily Mail

'Jones builds an astonishingly complete, acute, funny and humane picture - a complete theatrical tour de force - hilarious, loveable and at times even breathtaking'

Scotsman

'It is clearly magical, this comedy by Belfast writer Marie Jones, dealing as it does with myths, memories, class and sex, with two actors who create a whole world on stage. The play itself not only sends up the delirious fantasy of film, it becomes a moving and heartfelt tribute to the imaginative power of live performance'

Guardian

'If there is a more cleverly constructed, enterprisingly acted play on offer in London right now, I cannot think of it'

The Times

Also by Marie Jones:

Stones in His Pockets & A Night in November: Two Plays
Women, Power and Politics: Then
The Hamster Wheel
A Night in November
The Milliner and the Weaver

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