“Simultaneously mean and warm, stifling and nourishing, comic and sad” —The Times
“Funny, rueful and tender... has the potency of truth” —Telegraph
“Carefully observed... almost unbearably honest” —Time Out
“A nice balance of comedy and tension... [has] a great deal of warmth” —A Younger Theatre
A gripping but warm-spirited snapshot of life in a small southern Irish town.
In the sleepy Irish town of Wexford, where shotgun weddings are outnumbered only by random acts of violence, the pool hall is Jimmy’s sanctuary. But will such a place embrace his bright ambition, or bring it down, burning, to the ground?
Originally part of Billy Roche’s The Wexford Trilogy, A Handful of Stars was first performed in 1988 at the Bush Theatre, where it won the John Whiting Award and the Plays and Players Award for Best New Play.
This edition was published alongside the play’s first professional stand-alone revival at Theatre503, London. The text of the play is also available in The Wexford Trilogy.
Billy Roche was born and still lives in Wexford in southern Ireland, where all his plays are set. As well as The Wexford Trilogy, his plays include The Cavalcaders, seen at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and the Royal Court, London, and Amphibians for the RSC, On Such As We and Lay Me Down Softly. All of his plays are published by NHB. Billy Roche has won the John Whiting, Thames TV and George Devine Awards.