The Cripple of Inishmaan is one of the plays by which playwright Martin McDonagh became well known.

Seeking love under mean-spririted cruelty; a boy desperately wants to be valued for himself and not by his infirmity. Is that possible in the town of Inishmaan?

The Cripple of Inishmaan is a dark comedy set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan off the Western Coast of Ireland, circa 1934. 

The trigger event to jolt the excitement-starved Inishmaaners out of their relentlessly uneventful existence is the arrival of a Hollywood director who finds this remote coastal region interesting enough to make a film. The movie provides the island’s official gossip monger, Johnnypateenmike, with a real scoop after years of having to make do with trivial squabbles and misbehavior. The island’s young people — Slippy Helen and her brother Bartley are determined to be part of the action. So is the frail eighteen-year-old orphan "Cripple" Billy Claven.   For him a job in the film is his one chance to escape the place where everyone, even his well-intentioned "auntie" Kate and "auntie" Eileen see nothing wrong in appending the word cripple to his name because they have no idea that to him they are as crippled inside as his painfully misshapen body. "Cripple" Billy, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film and to everyone’s surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance at stardom.

 The Cripple of Inishmaan is one of the plays by which playwright Martin McDonagh became well known (Others are The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Skull at Connemara and The Lonesome West.). His ironic combination of coarse country language, primal symbolism and black humour represents a peculiar fusion of the work of John Millington Synge with the modern drama of Harold Pinter, David Mamet and British television comedy.
"Martin McDonagh is the most wickedly funny, brilliantly abrasive young dramatist on either side of the Irish Sea… A born storyteller." – The New York Times
"Cripple emerges as a subversive charmer that shows off Mr. McDonagh’s skills as an expectation-thwarting master of knotted yarns." The New York Times
The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Jonathan Pedler
Geelong Repertory Theatre Company
Woodbin Theatre
15 Coronation Street
Geelong West
Tickets Available: (as at 12/04/10)
Friday April 16 – 31
Saturday April 17 – 33
Thursday April 22 – 28
Friday April 23 – 1
Saturday April 24 – 31
Sunday Matinee April 25 (2pm Start) – 7
Wednesday April 28 (***** NEW SHOW****** ) – 74
Thursday April 29 – 58
Friday April 30 – 44
Saturday May 1 34
Adults: $22.00 | Concession: $20.00 | Students: $15.00
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