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.
The play is set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan off the Western Coast of Ireland in 1934, where 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.... or so some believe. This production is performed by The Peninsula Players, Bere.
Based in Castletownbere on the Béara Peninsula, Peninsula Players have been entertaining local audiences since 2012.
Performing classic comedies such as "Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring as well as lesser-known gems like Dario Fo's "One was Nude and One wore Tails", they have built up an enthusiastic following who look forward eagerly to each new production.
Their latest offering, "The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh, recently played to appreciative audiences in Castletownbere; indeed some people returned the following night to see it a second time.
Kenmare audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy this darkly comic tale on Friday the 2nd of June 2017 when Peninsula Players bring their production of "The Cripple of Inishmaan" to the Carnegie Arts Centre.