Glenamaddy Players back on stage with ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’

Glenamaddy Players will present ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ by Martin McDonagh at the Town Hall Theatre, Glenamaddy, as part of their run-up to this year’s Three Act Drama Festival circuit.

  The action takes place on the Aran Islands in 1934, at the time American filmmaker Robert Flaherty was making Man of Aran. Like Flaherty’s spurious documentary containing an invented shark, McDonagh also serves up a load of cod: there is material about Ireland and the English, and a bit of a slant on the Irish in America.

  The central character is Cripple Billy (played by Cian Boyle), a boy with a physical disability. His parents drowned when he was a baby and part of the play is his quest to find out what exactly happened to them. He has the ambition to seek out the film-makers on the neighbouring island and a ticket to America. The dynamic of the play is driven by Johnnypateenmike (played by none other than John Donlon), a man who has appointed himself as chief news disseminator for the island.

  Marie Coneran and Valerie Callaghan make a great double-act as (Billy’s) aunts Kate and Eileen, one of whom is ‘stone mad’! The role of Slippy Helen is played by Anna Flaherty, who won best supporting actress at the All-Ireland Finals in 2019. Her brother Bartley (played by Eanna Boyle) never fails to slip up as Helen continually tries to make an idiot of him. Mary Scahill-Flynn is the drunken (and terrifically funny) mammy of Johnnypateen, while the very tough boatman Babbybobby is beautifully portrayed by Declan Keane.

  Finally, no play is complete without a doctor, and in this case, Colin Callanan does his rounds with great attention to detail and gives a lovely character portrayal that is so believable.

  The great cast are served by a very committed crew who are once again determined to present the standard of professionalism audiences have come to expect over many years of drama tradition in Glenamaddy.

  The Glenamaddy Players’ production is directed by Coman Keaveny and will be performed at the Town Hall Theatre, Glenamaddy on Saturday, February 12th; Sunday, February 27th; and Thursday, March 3rd, at 8 pm nightly. For bookings, call 086-2045896.