The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Theatre Exile



Paul Felder, Keith Conallen in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Photo by Brian Sydney Bembridge.

Theatre Exile produced the Philadelphia premiere of Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. This darkly comic bloodbath of a play follows members of an Irish Republican Army splinter group as they descend upon sleepy Inishmore. The piece pushes the traditional boundaries of the theatrical experience by demanding graphic special effects, including severed body parts, 60 rounds of ammunition, and an exploding cat. Theatre Exile worked with Waldo Warsaw, veteran of eight international productions of the play, to create special effects and pyrotechnics that raised the bar in design for a theater company that prides itself on its bold, gritty, and visceral theater productions. After a 24-week campaign of teaser postcards and posters in local bars and restaurants, the show became Theatre Exile's highest selling production ever. The Lieutenant of Inishmore was part of an Irish Theatre Festival featuring six plays by Irish playwrights, performed at six city venues.

Click here for a video collage from rehearsals for Theatre Exile's production.