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May 5, 2012

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Anyone who has seen the darkly comic ‘In Bruges’ would have half an idea what to expect from Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’, currently ending its run at Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre. Indeed, maybe it’s a family kind of thing as McDonagh’s brother was responsible for the similarly disturbing Brendan Gleeson vehicle ‘The Guard’. It seems like, with the McDonaghs, you find yourself laughing guiltily, and uproariously, while having deep thoughts in areas into which you’d rather not have strayed.

This is the most controversial of the author’s ‘Leenane Trilogy’ (The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ was a recent hit at the same theatre), and when first written had difficulty in making it to the stage. McDonagh’s urge to shock and challenge, it seemed, had maybe taken him a little too far this time.

Why would that be? Well, let’s take a look at the plot. Mad dissident republican bomber is…

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