Pavilion Theatre Gem in Castle Hill Players is staging the astonishing dark comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, written by Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), this month.
The play, which starred Daniel Radcliffe as “Cripple” Billy Claven in the 2013 West End production, is set on a small Aran islands community of Inishmaan off the west coast of Ireland in 1934.
The residents are excited to learn that a Hollywood film crew has arrived in neighbouring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. Billy, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film. The Play opens tonight (Friday, June 4) at the Pavilion Theatre Castle Hill and director Dave Went has assembled an outstanding cast.
Robert Snars from Baulkham Hills takes on the part of “Cripple” Billy, a sensitive young man, held back in life by physical disability and the restraints of parochial island life.
Robert has been performing at the Pavilion Theatre with the Castle Hill Players since 2009 when he appeared in Anne of Green Gables and most recently in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as the narrating Butler.
He has trained as a part of the Full-Time Ensemble at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Melbourne and continued his training in lockdown. Robert says Barbara Robertson, his Alexander Technique coach, was invaluable in helping him create the physical life of Billy Claven.
The play features a wonderful array of talent portraying fascinating characters such as Johnnypateenmike (Dimitri Armatas), a loudmouth bore who insists on knowing everyone’s business who lives with his ancient mother (Annette Emerton), a craggy widow drinking herself to death – and who won’t go quietly.
Kate (Jan Mahoney) and Eileen (Anna Desjardins) run the local store and have raised Billy since his parents died by drowning.
Bartley (Toby Rowe) is very much dominated by his sister Helen (Aimee Honor-Eltham) whose outrageous comments can peel paint off the walls! The Doctor (Steven Rowe) does his best to tend to the locals with care while Babbybobby (Jason Spindlow) is a quiet man who tends to his boat – and backs Billy’s scheme.
The Pavilion Theatre is located within the Castle Hill Showground, adjacent to the new Metro Hills Showground Station. The entrance is at the lights located between Gilbert and Carrington Roads, Castle Hill and the Doran Drive.
The Cripple of Inishmaan runs from June 4 to June 26, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15pm and Sundays at 4:30pm All tickets are $25. Bookings: www. paviliontheatre.org.au or call 9634 2929. Castle Hill Players accepts the Discover NSW Vouchers.