Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon chatted to Daryl McCormack about his upcoming role in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, playing at the Noel Coward Theatre from the 23 June 2018.
Hi Daryl, thanks so much for talking to Love London Love Culture. Could you explain what The Lieutenant of Inishmore is all about?
The Lieutenant of Inishmore is about Padhraic, a psychopathic INLA member who comes back to his home Inishmore, to rescue his beloved cat with some ringworm pellets.
What did you first think of the play when you first read it?
I just remember having a huge grin on my face. My cheeks hurt and I’m pretty sure I got a few looks for laughing so loud in a public space. I thought it was absolutely bonkers really. A great bonkers!
What was it about the play that made you want to be involved with the production?
That type of knife edge dark comedy that Martin McDonagh seems to have in many of his plays and films is so exciting. So to be a part of that and of course getting to work with Michael Grandage was a massive attraction.
Could you tell me about your character Brendan and his involvement in the story?
Brendan is a young INLA member who has come alongside two others to Inishmore to execute Padhraic. His most admirable quality is how oblivious he is to his own stupidity.
How would you describe the play to someone who has never experienced it before?
It’s an Irish terrorist welcome home party!
What do you think audiences will be able to take away from The Lieutenant of Inishmore? Is there a message at the centre of it?
If anything they might question how they prioritise their value on things. Maybe pay more attention to their beloved household pets also.