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The Cripple of Innishmaan

June 30, 2013

Ten years ago I saw Martin McDonagh‘s play “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” at the Garrick Theatre and I loved it. So I was really looking forward to his play THE CRIPPLE OF INNISHMAAN at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Daniel Radcliffe as part of the Michael Grandage season of plays. I was not disappointed. Martin McDonagh’s play is wonderful.

Daniel Radcliffe plays Billy a severely physically disabled young man, who lives on Innishmaan at his Auntie’s shop and wants to travel to the neighbouring isle of Innishmore, to visit the set of a Hollywood film being shot there. Daniel Radcliffe gives a more than convincing performance and has that stage presence which one expects of an actor with much more stage experience. This is only his third professional West End performance. More importantly he was an integral part of a seamless ensemble.

This play is fabulous material for an actor and each member of this experienced cast brings their character vividly to life. Ingrid Craigie and Gillian Hanna as Billy’s Auntie’s reminded me so much of my Irish Grandmother and her Sisters. Wonderful authentic performances. Pat Shortt as Johnnypateenmike was especially convincing as the drunkard village tittle tattler. Padraic Delaney, Gary Lilburn, Conor MacNeill and June Watson all created wonderful characters and a special mention to Sarah Greene who stands out as the fiesty Helen McCormick.

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