Stones in His Pockets (4 stars)

Stones in His Pockets

credit: John Johnston

Tron production pits rural life against Hollywood megabucks

The stars of last year's Tron panto couldn't have found a better vehicle for their versatile talents than Marie Jones' comedy about the arrival of a Hollywood film crew in a rural Irish town. In the lead roles of itinerant former video shop proprietor and aspiring screenwriter Charlie, and Jake, the dour companion Charlie finds while working as an extra, Keith Fleming and Robbie Jack rediscover the chemistry and on the nose comic timing that made them such a hit as the villainous Great Bahookey and his sidekick Bumble in Mister Merlin.

The wheeze of Jones' play is that the two leads are required to create every character, from a conceited Hollywood starlet to the oldest surviving extra from The Quiet Man. The energy and precision of this multiple shape-shifting forms the production's main pleasure, despite the actors being lumbered with a realistic set that rather blunts the impact of such virtuoso storytelling.

While humour is to the fore in Andy Arnold's production, it's impossible to ignore Jones' resonant political message, about the value of ordinary, downtrodden lives in the face of celebrity megabucks.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 21 Jul

Stones in His Pockets

Popular West End comedy about the arrival of a major Hollywood film studio to a rural Irish village, performed by Keith Fleming and Robbie Jack.

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