Inishbilly Day 1: moving to Inis Meáin
This morning we joined the cast and crew of Druid Theatre for the beginning of the end of their epic tour of The Cripple of Inishmaan, tomorrow on Inis Meáin.
Inis Meáin is the middle island of the three islands with a population of about 200 people. Cast, crew, set and little us were loaded on to the ferry and course set for Inis Meáin where a lot of the troupe quickly learned whether or not they had sea legs or not*!
Right now the set is being constructed and the cast are settling in and taking in the unique misty landscape of the island before getting stuck into rehearsals. It’s a brilliant experience so far, a fascinating place with such warm and welcoming people.
Tomorrow is a hectic day with 2 performances of Cripple in Halla Naomh Eoin and among a huge local attendance from all 3 of the islands we will have President Mary McAleese, her husband Senator Martin McAleese and Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
*Thank the heavens for the seasickness tablets