The Cripple of Inishmaan (2005)

Written by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Karen Carleton
Performed in Lamb Doyles, Blackglen Road, Dublin, November 2005

The story of the play revolves around the filming of the documentary Man of Aran. It is a dark comedy set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan off the Western Coast of Ireland, around 1934. The play was also presented in the Mill Theatre a year later in October 2006.

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The Story

When the Aran islanders hear about the fact that a Hollywood film crew is coming to neighbouring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. 'Cripple' Billy Claven is more excited than antone else on the island and wants nothing more than the chance to get away from the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan. He sees the arrival of the film crew and the opportunity to play a part as his chance to escape. To everyone's surprise, this orphan boy, who is something of an outcast in his community is given an audition by the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty.


Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him, is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank. And as news of his audacity ripples through his rumor-starved community, The Cripple of Inishmaan becomes a merciless portrayal of a world so comically cramped and mean-spirited that hope is an affront to its order.


This play was performed in Lamb Doyle's on Mon 21 to Thurs 24 November 2005.

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Mary Ryan
Anne Lucas
Peter Flood
Oran O'Rua
John O'Brien
Judy McKeever
Len Nealon
Tony McGettigan
Dorris Cullen
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Karen Carleton
Kevin Fahey
Paul Macken
Gerry Doyle
Jackie Lee
Mirella McIlvenna
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