'There's more than one way to skin a theatrical cat; and McDonagh's chosen weapons are laughter and gore...Pushing theatre to its limits, McDonagh is making a serious point...a work as subversive as those Synge and O'Casey plays that sparked Dublin riots in the last century' Guardian 'A brave satire...Swiftianly savage and parodic...with explicit brutal actino and lines which sing with grace and wit' Observer Who knocked Mad Padraic's cat over on a lonely road on the island of Inishmore and was it an accident? He'll want to know when he gets back from a stint of torture and chip-shop bombing in Northern Ireland: he loves his cat more than life itself. The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a brilliant satire on terrorism, a powerful corrective to the beautification of violence in contemporary culture, and a hilarious farce. It premiered at the RSC's The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, in May 2001. Commentary and notes by Patrick Lonergan
"…cunningly constructed, deeply and intensely felt, bitterly blood curdling and breathtakingly funny." —Sunday Times (London). "McDonagh weaves the strands of his plot together with superb panache and his dialogue is a joy, full of debunking humor that reveals the terrorists in their absurdly dim true colors." —Daily Telegraph (London). "You can't imagine how many dramatic developments, how much horror, how much comedy, McDonagh spins as a consequence of [a] cat's death…his blackest, funniest, most violent, most absurd play to date." —Financial Times (London). "The plot is so sublime, the script so witty and the twist at the end so clever that I was won over…" —The Stage (London).