Play-script - No.1

Title:       The Cripple of Inishmaan

Writer:    Martin McDonagh

Setting:    A strange and comic tale set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934.

This play was first performed at th Royal National Theatre, on 12th Dec, 1996.



Kate, mid sixties.

Eileen, mid sixties.

Johnnypateenmike, mid sixties.

Billy, seventeen/eighteen. Crippled.

Bartley, sixteen/seventeen.

Helen, seventeen/eighteen. Pretty.

Babbybobby, early thirties. Handsome, muscular.

Doctor, early forties.

Mammy, early nineties.



"Cripple" Billy Claven has lived on the island of Inishmaan with his two 'aunties', since his parents died on the sea when he was a little boy. An outsider because of his appearance, Billy dreams of an escape from Inishmaan. He aims for his escape when a filmcrew comes to a nearby location to film "Man of Aran".


My thoughts:

Extremely funny piece packed with dark comedy but also has tender and sensitive moments. McDonagh captures the wit and character of the islanders beautifully. This is sure to be a real crowd-pleaser. McDonagh, for me, really pushes the boundaries of political correctness. The play has both nine characters and nine scenes and would suit both amateur and professional theatre companies.

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