The Cripple Of Inishmaan
The Cripple of Inishmaan follows a story linked to the real filming of Man of Aran, a documentary filmed during the thirties in the Inis Meain Island of the Aran Islands group of islands. Located near the Western Coast of Ireland, the story follows the inhabitants of the island who learn that a film crew from Hollywood has come to the neighborhood to film a new documentary on life in the islands. One such inhabitant of the island, an outcast and an orphan, as well as cripple, also learns of this. He tries to get a role in the documentary and much to everyone’s surprise, he gets a role in the film. This allows him to escape the poverty, gossip and boredom of the islands.
Following the play's premiere at the Royal National Theatre, it was staged again in 1998, this time at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City. Ruaidhri Conroy played the main role in this version. A production was staged in Los Angeles later that year, where the lead role of Billy was performed by Frederick Koehler. The New York City production received much praise and acclaim and was a joint production between Ireland's The Druid Theatre Company and New York City's Atlantic Theater Company. In 2013, The Cripple of Inishmaan was revived and staged again at the West End. This time, it starred world famous actor Daniel Radcliffe as cripple Billy and was directed by Michael Grandage. This production received a lot of acclaim and was highly successful. The same cast and team, including the entire production, moved to the Cort Theatre on Broadway in New York City in 2014.
The playwright, McDonagh, has stated that he hopes it will someday be regarded as a true Irish story. Whether or not this happens, it remains to be seen. In the meantime, many have come to regard the play as being an important Irish literary achievement and McDonagh himself is regarded as one of the most important Irish playwrights today. The play is filled with many colorful characters. Along with the protagonist, the crippled orphan Billy Claven, it features a host of entertaining side characters. These include Billy's adoptive aunt, Kate Osbourne, her sister Eileen Osbourne, the town gossip Johnnypateenmike, Billy's crush Helen McCormick, her brother Bartley McCormick, boatman Babbybobby Bennet, town doctor Doctor McSharry and Mammy O'Dougal, a ninety year old alcoholic and Johnny's mother.
Martin McDonagh is an Irish playwright, filmmaker and screenwriter, who is famous for his work in movies such as “In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths”. Both starred Colin Farrell and were highly acclaimed, critically and commercially. McDonagh has been active since 1996 and is known for numerous other theater plays as well. His other plays include “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”, “The Lonesome West”, “The Lieutenant of Inishmore”, “The Pillowman” and “A Behanding in Spokane”. Many of his plays are divided into trilogies, and some of his most famous are The Leenane Trilogy and The Aran Islands Trilogy.
McDonagh has won numerous awards including the Critics Circle Theatre Award, one Drama Desk Award, two Laurence Olivier Awards and has been nominated for four Tony Awards. He has also won an Academy Award for his work on the short film Six Shooter. This Cripple of Inishmaan is one of McDonagh’s greatest theatrical accomplishments. Any theater aficionado would be privileged to catch it live. All you have to do is get The Cripple of Inishmaan tickets.