Stones in his Pockets
Sparkling with humour, if not always sparkling with chemistry, Charlie de Bromhead as Jake and Conan Sweeny as Charlie turn in two solid performances as the cast and crew of The Quiet Valley, with Sweeny’s Caroline Giovanni being utterly unforgettable. Indeed, solid seems to be the word throughout, with director John Terry offering a solid production, but one that can feel a little stiff in places. While some moments and characters are wonderfully realised, with the crowd scenes being particularly memorable, and while many transitions are perfectly timed, other moments seem less sharply articulated, and several transitions and characters appear physically clunky. But passion and desire more than pull this production through, delivering a generous amount of hilarity in the process. For those coming to “Stones in his Pockets” for the first time, there’s so much to enjoy here. For those who have already seen “Stones in his Pockets” this might not seem as fluid a production as some. Yet it’s certainly far better than quite a few others. Between the world of sultry, seductive, movie stars and needing to ensure the cows are milked, Irish identity might flounder to find itself. Yet one thing is certain, its spirit, like this production, is indomitable.
“Stone in his Pockets” by Marie Jones, produced by The Theatre, Chipping Norton, and The Dukes, Lancaster, runs at Smock Alley Theatre until June 10th
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