Gowran Little Theatre will be making their stage debut with a performance of The Cripple of Inishmaan, a darkly comedic, yet touching play from the Academy Award-winning writer Martin McDonagh later this month.
The newly-formed drama group was the brainchild of Gowran local, Judith McCormack. “It’s just something that I’ve always wanted to do”, she explains. “We tried to make this happen a few years ago, but it’s no mean feat getting a new venture like this off the ground”. However, she persisted and rounded up all of the available local talent and thus, Gowran Little Theatre was born. “This time the stars seem to have aligned for us; we have assembled a fantastic cast and crew and we’re ready to go”.
Set on the island of Inishmaan in 1934, the play tells the story of “cripple” Billy Claven, a bored and lonely orphan being raised by his “pretend” aunties. When word arrives that a famous Hollywood director is coming to the neighbouring island of Inishmore to make a movie, all the inhabitants are intrigued. But none more so than young Billy, who plans to escape the tedium by landing a role in the movie.
The Cripple of Inishmaan will be staged in Gowran Parish Hall on October 19 and 20 at 8pm. Admission is €8 and booking is now open on 087 – 133 1130