The Cripple of Inishmaan was written by Irish playwright and director Martin McDonagh, and is described as a "comic masterpiece" by one of Ireland's most important living playwrights.
Radcliffe is the eponymous hero, a disabled 17-year-old orphan named Billy Claven, of McDonagh's ingenious play. Dejected and generally derided, the bookish Billy is brought up by his "aunties" on the isle of Inishmaan. But the dullness of daily life is suddenly relieved when in 1934 Hollywood film-maker Robert Flaherty descends on a neighbouring isle to make the movie that became known as Man of Aran.
This Broadway production has been nominated for an exciting six 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play and Best Direction of a Play for Michael Grandage.
Could there be love under so much mean-spiritedness and cruelty? Was there something about this corner of rural Ireland that left so many inhabitants so bereft of human kindness? In Martin McDonagh’s first rate dark comedy, “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” Aaron Monaghan gives a bravura performance as “Cripple” Billy, who desperately wants to be valued for himself and not by his infirmity.