Jimmy Brady in Billy Roche’s A Handful of Stars is a rebel without a cause, a frustrated chancer in the local snooker hall rebelling against day to day banality. Produced professionally for the first time in 1988, A Handful of Stars is being revised by Four Rivers in partnership with Wexford Arts Centre to marks its 50th anniversary, in a production directed by Conall Morrison and designed by Liam Doona, with lighting by Paul Keogan and costumes by Jeni Roddy. The first play in Billy’s Wexford Trilogy, A Handful of Stars explores how thwarted ambitions can both destroy dreams and shape character in small town Ireland. Brimming with passion and raw energy, A Handful of Stars was first staged at Wexford Arts Centre as The Boker Poker Club in 1986 before appearing as A Handful of Stars at The Bush Theatre, London two years later, described by The Guardian as ‘one of the year’s great theatre events.’ A Handful of Stars is finally coming home with a fortnight run at Wexford Arts Centre in June (6th to 9th June and 11th – 16th June). After Wexford, A Handful of Stars will continue its run at the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire (June 18th-22nd). A Handful of Stars by Billy Roche Wexford Arts Centre, June 8|9|11|12|13|14|15|16 Pavilion Dun Laoghaire, June 18|19|20|21|22.
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Four Rivers is a theatre company for the South East of Ireland. It has been established to bring new and classic plays to audiences in the region and to give voice to the creative communities of Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow. The company is led by Wexford native, Ben Barnes who is a former artistic director of the Abbey Theatre.

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