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The Cripple of Inishmaan

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Martin McDonagh

Published by Methuen

In 1934, the people of Inishman learn that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighbouring island to film his documentary Man of Aran. No-one is more excited than Cripple Billy, an unloved boy whose chief occupation has been gazing at cows and yearning for a girl who wants no part of him

But Billy is determined to cross the sea and audition for the Yank and as news of his audacity ripples thorugh his rumour-starved community, The Cripple of Inishmaan becomes a merciless portrayal of a world so comically cramped and mean-spirited that hope is an affront to its order

"Mr McDonagh is destined to be one of the theatrical luminaries of the 21st century" - The New Republic

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