A Handful of Stars

A Handful of Stars $14.99

Billy Roche

Published by Nick Hern Books

6 Male 1 Female

John Whiting Award for Best New Play

The pain and disillusionment following the break-up of a family form the backdrop to this drama set in a pool-hall

Jimmy and the other regulars waste hours with their cues until Jimmy has a bust up with his girlfriend and embarks on a spree of violence

In the sleepy Irish town of Wexford, where shotgun weddings are outnumbered only by random acts of violence, the pool hall is Jimmy's only sanctuary

But will such a place embrace his bright ambition, or bring it down, burning, to the ground?

A gripping but warm-spirited snapshot of life in a small southern Irish town


" ... 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 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, April, 2014

Also available in The Wexford Trilogy

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