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REVIEW – Stones in his Pockets – Theatr Clwyd

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! The bright lights of Hollywood have arrived in Mold!

By Emma Tattum, Egwyl Editor | @emmat1995 


In the middle of a small Irish village, Hollywood is arriving to make a film and the locals are thrilled. They may only be earning £40 a day being movie extras but, in a place where jobs are hard to come by, the opportunity means everything for main characters Jake (Owen Sharpe) and Charlie (Kevin Trainor).

The two lads take on film extra roles as townsfolk in a movie whose lead stars are American. Charlie’s business went bankrupt and he sulks around Ireland with just his tent which later becomes ‘Canvas Productions’ as the budding actor attempts to make it in the movie world. Jake, on the other hand, is from the village they are filming in so, he knows the other movie extras which, comes into play later.

Trainor and Sharpe portray several other characters in the show including the movie’s director, the leading lady, security, the oldest surviving extra from John Wayne’s ‘The Quiet Man’ and everyone in-between.

The play itself is a very efficient machine. It was worked on for a number of years and well refined.” – Kevin Trainor

It doesn’t take long for the two actors to demand the stage and tell the sad but, stark contrast of the poor living in rural Ireland compared to those living the American dream.

The show’s title comes into play just before the end of act one when a local villager, playing an extra, is thrown out of the pub by the movie’s leading lady and he walks into the sea with stones in his pockets and doesn’t return.

The production really does capture the true reality of a movie set and as an audience member, you truly feel part of the story. The actors give an energetic, enlightening and engaging performance through body language and dialect.

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L to R: Kevin Trainor and Owen Sharpe [Image: Theatr Clwyd]

When interviewing the cast, we spoke about the rapid switching of characters and how they deal with that. Sharpe said ‘Body language is a huge part of this production. The rehearsal process was intense but, when you come and see the show, you’ll understand why. It’s so physical that you have to train as if it’s a sport’

The second act is cleverly and creatively written by Marie Jones as the dark and reflective topic of suicide is explored through the means of humour, which leaves you feeling reflective of the situation whilst in a comfortable environment.

The entertainment factor really does come into play as the audience watch the actors switch from character to character in a flash. If you blink, you’ll miss it!

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Image: Theatr Clwyd

Speaking of his time at Theatr Clwyd so far, Trainor said; ‘The audience here just got it. The second we spoke on stage, we had a great feeling from the crowd. The theatre is so beautifully located. The view from my dressing room window of the hills and cows is incredible.’

When you see the show, you’ll get the above cow reference.!

The show runs until May 11th at Theatr Clwyd before continuing it’s UK tour so, you don’t have long!

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