Stones in his Pocket
By MARIE JONES
Performed by the Lyric Theatre Company at the Liverpool Playhouse
in his pockets’ is a warm, humorous and tragic depiction of what
happens when Hollywood meets County Kerry. The cast consisted of two actors
who played 13 parts! Martin Jenkins and Jean- Paul Van Cauwelaert slipped
seamlessly between roles and in doing so brought the audience to the core
of the magic of theatre.
In the play Hollywood arrives with its shallow pretensions to the heart
of a community that had been stripped of its aspirations. The local people
of Kerry are paid £40 per day to be extras.
Hollywood is portrayed with its heartless disregard for everyday people
and lack of care and respect for their circumstance. The people of Kerry
are left to defend their humanity.
The play highlights the egocentricity of the ‘superstar’ and
the strange ways that the legacy of status can make people forget how
to care. The play gives us a harsh reminder of the importance of respect.
I was interested in the way that the play showed the effects of both internal
and external poverty. It also made apparent, the link between isolation
Despite adversity the value of hope wins through. We are shown that, in
the end, even fragile dreams can create strength and inspiration.