The Lieutenant of Inishmore
by Martin McDonagh
The good people of Inishmore invite the Archway to paint the town red … a vivid sticky red to be precise. Following on from the Leenane Trilogy comes Martin McDonagh’s tale of political terrorism in rural Ireland and Mad Padraic’s love of his cat, Wee Thomas.
The anti–hero is Padraig (played by James Selby), a maverick lieutenant in a fringe republican group. We first encounter him in a warehouse, fresh from a campaign of chip shop bombings in the North. The play follows Padraig's return to Inishmore, where he has been tipped off that his best friend in the world, Wee Thomas the cat, is poorly and being looked after by his Father Donny (Mark Bellchambers). The cat, it turns out, is worse than poorly, having had his brains blown out by Padraig's INLA colleagues (Kevin Day, Adrian Bailey and Jeff Gardiner) in an attempt to lure their wayward lieutenant back home. All hell threatens to break loose as Padraig goes in search of justice on behalf of the murdered moggy, and indeed it does!!
Joined by Davey (Tom Robinson) and Mairead (Eleanor Jackson), this ‘cat’s tale’ is a gruesome and brazen and unapologetic farce. Be prepared for a dizzy, messy moral play full of dark humour and characters defined almost exclusively by the restlessness born of boredom and a warped sense of accomplishment that comes from killing.
If you want to join the serving of gore and guts and you have a strong stomach, come along.
Oh - rest assured … no cats will be harmed in this production.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS PLAY CONTAINS VIOLENCE AND SWEARING AND VERY LOUD BANGS.