London stopover with a touch of Inis Meàin

We stayed in London for a couple of days between leaving Ireland and arriving back in Australia.

After travelling on the underground from our hotel near Heathrow to Leicester Square …

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… we had a look around Covent Gardens markets …

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… then picked up our theatre tickets for the westend  play, The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe.

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It was a great play about the lovely island of Inis Meàin. Written by Martin McDonagh, the play is described as a dark comedy. Here is the story of the play as described on Wikipedia:

Set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan off the Western Coast of Ireland, c. 1934, the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew’s arrival in neighbouring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. “Cripple” Billy Claven, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film, and to everyone’s surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance.

After missing the island so much over the last few days, it was nice to see scenes from it again as the play’s backdrops and to hear some conversations about Inis Meàin.


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