The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Curve Leicester

The latest of Martin McDonagh plays to be staged at Curve is not for the faint hearted. Set in 90’s on the Island of Inishmore, County Galway it tackles the taboo subject of terrorism head on, in a dark satirical and bloody manner.

The play comprises of all the ingredients for an uncomfortable and confrontational night out – swearing, violence, torture, blood and guts, dead animals and a psychopath to mad for the IRA. Despite all of this, the black and satirical dialogue will have you experiencing emotions of unease and laughter as it mocks the folly of terror.

Mad Padraic, the psychopath shows no regard for human life when is emotionally broken by the death of his cat. Padraic played by Samuel Roukin is introduced to the audience while removing bodily parts from a drugs dealer. The unfortunate dealer played by Joe Renton finds himself suspended upside down for an inordinate length of time while his captor speaks at lengths about the merits of removing toe nails.

Renton’s bravery in completing the lengthy inversion symbolising this production is courageous and accomplished. Black satire won’t appeal to everyone but for those brave enough to catch the ferry it’s a memorable and entertaining journey. The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a worthy successor to the acclaimed Pillowman and well worth the trip.

Curve, 5th – 27th February.

Martin Westall

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