Stones in his Pockets
JOHN LAWSON Chameleon duo Malcolm Adams and Hugh Lee showed Norwich just why Marie Jones's comedy has been showered with awards wherever it has played.
Chameleon duo Malcolm Adams and Hugh Lee showed Norwich just why Marie Jones's comedy has been showered with awards wherever it has played.
As a pair of film extras, Charlie and Jake, pulling in £40 a day on the set of a Hollywood production being made in their small village in Co Kerry, their every action reveals more of lives beset by disappointment.
But while Charlie and Jake have little future, the golden carrot of a life in the movies but a mirage of unattainable opportunity, Adams and Lee grab the chance the play gives them to turn in a couple of virtuoso performances.
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This may be a two-hander, but the duo portrayed over a dozen other characters between them – each dazzlingly different from the last.
In the curtain call, the first-night audience at the Theatre Royal responded with renewed and re-emphasised applause as they zapped between a number of the “principals”.
- 1 Murder investigation launched after woman found dead following house fire
- 2 11 Norfolk cafés perfect for outdoor dining
- 3 Vision for multi-million pound new Norwich venue revealed
- 4 Thieves swam across river to steal paddleboards from new firm
- 5 Child taken to hospital after being pulled from the sea
- 6 Murdered Norfolk mum's bravery has helped family through their darkest days
- 7 Police reopen road following earlier crash
- 8 Be lord of the manor: Site of forgotten mansion for sale for £2.3m
- 9 In pictures: England fans enjoy Euro 2020 win at Norwich fan park
- 10 'Be responsible' - coastguard issues warning after seven-year-old is rescued from sea
Notable among them were Lee's Sean, the drug-fuelled youngster whose first-act suicide adds a dark and tragic edge to proceedings, and Adams's Old Mickey, the doubled-up old retainer who knows the rules of the “extras” business.
But the finest portrayals are the two female characters, Lee's flighty lovey of a production assistant and Adams's prima donna star.
Such is the total transformation that each character holds his or her individual place in the consciousness of the audience.
The whole is beautifully observed in a gentle and consistently-funny exploration of the gulf between tinseltown fantasy and small-town reality.
t Stones in his Pockets continues until Saturday, April 12. Box office: 01603 630000.