From its debut at the West Belfast Festival in 1996 the hit play ‘Stones in His Pockets’ has gone from strength to strength.
This low budget Irish comedy written by Marie Jones is currently taking London’s West End by storm and plans are now afoot to bring the show to Broadway. The play takes place on the set of a Hollywood movie being filmed in County Kerry. It stars just two actors who play all 15 roles. On word of mouth alone it has become a nightly sell-out with the show booked out for months in advance.
A procession of Hollywood actors such as Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft have all beaten a path to the dressing room doors of actors Conleth Hill and Sean Campion. A lot of Americans from outside the business have also been to see the show. The actors have been told they will have no problem on Broadway. However Campion remains level-head saying,
The reality is when you arrive in Broadway if you get one or two bad reviews then that’s it, pack your bags and go home, but were ready for that, we’ve had a great run with it so far.
An RTÉ News report by Michael O’Kane broadcast on 19 September 2000.