The Cripple of Inishmaan
Centenary Stage Company premiered the Tony Award winning playwright Martin McDonagh's dark comedy of the bleak life in rural Ireland in 1934,"The Cripple of Inishmaan."
The play is set during a real life event, on the island of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland in 1934. Which was the year when American filmmaker Robert Flaherty arrived on a nearby island to film the real life documentary "Man of Aran."
Martin McDonagh uses this to create this fictional play about the locals being inspired to dream of Hollywood. Focussing in particular on Billy, a cripple who dreams of escaping the small island where he is mocked and ridiculed to prove to everyone he is more than just a Cripple, and perhaps win the heart of a girl.
"Mark Byrne is excellent as Babbybobby. Byrne plays him with a combination of shyness and rage."
- Morris Beats
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