The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Cripple Of Inishmaan

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The Cripple of Inishmaan is a dark comedy by Martin McDonagh who links the story to the real life filming of the documentary Man of Aran.

Set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan off the Western Coast of Ireland, circa 1934, the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew's arrival in neighbouring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. "Cripple" Billy Claven, 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. It is meant to be a play about the seanchaĆ­s, or Ireland's storytellers.O'Toole, Fintan. . BOMB Magazine. Spring 1998. Retrieved 25 July 2011.

The play

The Cripple of Inishmaan opened on 12 December 1996 at Royal National Theatre (Cottesloe) in London. In 1998, it opened at Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City, again with Ruaidhri Conroy in the title role. In the same year, Frederick Koehler played Billy in Los Angeles. In December 2008, The Cripple of Inishmaan was produced in New York City by the Atlantic Theater Company in conjunction with The Druid Theatre Company of Galway, Ireland.


  • Billy Claven, a crippled orphan

  • Eileen Osbourne, Billy's other adoptive aunt and Kate's sister

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