The Cripple of Inishmaan

By Martin McDonagh

19 MAY - 19 JUN 1999 — Drama



Auckland Theatre Company


Maidment Theatre






"There comes a time in a man's life when he has to take his heart in his hands and make a try for something." Inishmaan, a remote island off the West Coast of Ireland. 1934. For most of the eccentric inhabitants of the isolated community of Inishmann, the arrival of a Hollywood film crew on the neighbouring island of Inishmore is a distraction from their daily lives of peeping, prying and prurience. For young Billy Claven, crippled since birth and orphaned under mysterious circumstances, it is a chance to escape the stifling tedium and begin a new life in America. Miraculously, he gets his chance, but before he can pursue his dream, he must first confront one of Inishmaan's last and longest-held secrets. Martin McDonagh, hailed as an extraordinary new voice in English-speaking theatre, has crafted a wonderfully funny, richly charactered tale in the finest tradition of Irish story telling. THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN is a tough, boisterous, gifted yarn where raw humour and casual brutality dance hand in hand to dazzling effect.