The Lieutenant
of Inishmore

By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Neil Armfield

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 11 Sep – 26 Oct 2003

    Martin McDonagh’s formidable strike-rate with the audiences has been earned by his ability to construct beautiful plots and infuses them with rich, dark comic dialogue. His latest play, considered too hot to handle by the established theatres of London, is his most political and most ferocious. In fact, it may be the most gruesome piece of theatre conceived since the Colosseum. But, it is also his funniest, and if marrying comedy to violence sounds beyond the pale, consider his subject matter, In this play McDonagh takes on Irish terrorism and does so with a kind of high speed satirical armoured tank, steered with knife-edge precision by comic plotting worthy of Ben Jonson, delivering belly laughs like relentless rounds of ammunition and driven by high octane Swiftian rage.

    Blasphemies abound. Unspeakable things happen to cats. The absurd sentimentality at the heart of so many a steely, sadistic zealot is hilariously exposed. Dan Wylie, Cloudstreet’s Fish Lamb, returns as Padraig, the boy too mad for the IRA.


    By Martin McDonagh
    Directed by Neil Armfield
    Set Design Dan Potra
    Costume Design Tess Schofield
    Composition & Sound Design Paul Charlier
    Lighting Design Mark Pennington
    Voice Coach Maeliosa Stafford


    Tom Budge
    Frank Gallacher
    Rita Kalnejais
    Colin Moody
    Ben Mortley
    Andy Rodoreda
    Dan Wyllie

    Production images by Heidrun Lohn


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