Playwright: Martin McDonagh.
I had to read this play for my Contemporary Irish Lit class. I’m not a big reader of plays but this one was a quick and easy read.
Set in 1934, the play follows the titular character, Billy, as he auditions to be in the documentary film Man of Aran (1934). The play is a comedy and we meet a cast of humorous, caricatured characters who depict the life along the West coast of Ireland. They are ridiculous, outspoken and unapologetic. It’s basically Father Ted but in play form.
I found the characters hilarious and outrageous. At times I did laugh out loud. The humour helped to raise serious issues such as clerical abuse, alcoholism and violence which are rampant throughout the drama. In this way, the comedy has a social commentary underlying it.
The dialect is very Irish so if you’re interested in reading those depictions give it a read. I felt the depiction of accent was realistically written, but I do have friends who are from the West who have said it’s overplayed and ridiculous.