Stones in His Pockets

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 to Saturday, 6 November 2021

It turns out to be more than just an hilarious clash of cultures when, in 1996, American  filmmakers invade County Kerry, Ireland, looking not only for the perfect location, but also for “extras” for their Hollywood movie, “The Quiet Valley”.

Through the eyes of two of these extras (Jake Quinn and Charlie Conlon) who play all 15 characters between them, we see the reality of Ireland in the late nineties.

This reality is nothing like what the Americans expected – green, sweet and friendly.

Neither is the reality of Hollywood super stars anything like the Irish extras expected – there is nothing gracious or superstar about them. To Jake they are hypocrites who treated his cousin “like he was a piece of muck on their boots”

How do Jake and Charlie bring an end to this invasion and solve the culture clash? 

Why they write their own film of course.  It is entitled Stones in His Pockets.


Winner:- Irish Times/ESB Irish Theatre Award for Best Production (1999)

Two Olivier Awards in 2001 for Best New Comedy and Best Actor (Conleth Hill)

“The (play) belies the line in it that you ‘don’t go to the movies to be depressed, that is what you go to the theatre for’. Not in this offers’s theatrical, engaging and fun” ****  4 STARS
By Nick Wayne  - Pocket Size Theatre

“Witty and beautiful crafted tragicomedy…Jones has a sharp ear for a comic line and the ability to cut to the heart of tragedy. Her script fits together like a Swiss watch” – London Evening Standard

“An unalloyed source of joy, laughter, tears and delight…” – The Daily Mail          

“A nimble examination of the exploitative, collusive relationship between Hollywood and rural Ireland…Jones writes sentences that sing.” – The Guardian

NOTE: This is currently a MASKED EVENT.  We hope that this will be able to be changed by the time that we get there.  Keep an eye on this website for updates or go to:- for more information. Advice on this status will also be printed on your ticket.


‘Brendan Cooney takes on Charlie, with Scott Nell being Jake, and between them they give us plenty of reasons to chuckle through the verbal and physical comedy, to feel sad and angry, then to laugh out loud. You don’t go to the movies to be depressed; that is what you go to the theatre for’ suggests Jake, but here you’ll be lifted above the tragedy, and you’ll leave with no stones in your pockets.
Mark Wickett - Stage Whispers


Adults $30, Conc $25, Groups (6+) $25, Preview $23
100 minutes plus interval

Written by: Marie Jones
Directed by: Joh Hartog
Designed by: Tammy Boden
Featuring: Brendan Cooney and Scott Nell
Publicity & Production Manager: Samantha Hughes

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 - 7:30pm
Opening night: 
Thursday, 28 October 2021 - 7:30pm
Friday, 29 October 2021 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 30 October 2021 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, 3 November 2021 - 7:30pm
Thursday, 4 November 2021 - 7:30pm
Friday, 5 November 2021 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 6 November 2021 - 7:30pm

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