By Martin McDonagh
Directed by John Clancy
Set on Inishmaan in 1934, the Cripple of Inismaan is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish Storytelling.
As word arrives on Inishmaan that the Hollywood director Robert Flaherty is coming to the neighbouring island of Inishmore to film Man of Aran, the one person who wants to be in the film more than anybody is young Cripple Billy, if only to break away from the bitter tedium of his daily life.
Having scooped 4 wins, 2 seconds and a 3rd place on the festival circuit - as well as a number of awards for acting, set, lighting and production - The Cripple of Inishmaan has earned it's place at the 2017 RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival which took place at the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone from 4 - 12 May 2017, with the Presentation of Awards on Saturday 13 May.
Missed "Cripple" on stage? Check out our rehearsal videos
Kate... EILEEN LAHIFFE
Eileen... MARY KELLY
JohnnyPateenMike... MARTIN O’DONOHUE
Billy... JAMES RALEIGH
Bartley... COLM LINNANE
Helen... MAURA CLANCY
BabbyBobby... NEIL HARAN
Dr McSharry... MIKE CURRAN
Mammy... NICOLA SHEEHAN
"The Cripple of Inismaan" opened in Glor, Ennis on February 18th for a 2-night run and then began an 8 date tour for the Three-Act Drama Festival at venues around Ireland to critical success - earning a place in the All Ireland Drama Festival finals which took place in Athlone May 2017
Following a long run and numerous awards, Cast and Crew attended the All Ireland Drama Festival Awards night in Athlone on May 13th.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Colm Linnane for his portrayal of Bartley - Video
Best Stage Setting: John Clancy and Team of Corofin Dramatic Society for ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’
Best Director: John & Maura Clancy
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Maura Clancy
Best Lighting: John Clancy, Gerard Lahiffe & Eddie McCourt