His second trilogy is set across the Aran Islands, off the coast of County Galway, and consists of The Cripple of Inishmaan (1997), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001) and The Banshees of Inisheer (the third play was never published, as Mc Donagh insisted it "isn't any good").
The story of the dysfunctional relationship between a spinster and her domineering mother, during the course of which the former faces her last chance at love, and the latter faces a rather grim end.
Worked in a London-area supermarket as a shelf stocker, late 1980s, and for the British Department of Trade and Industry as a part-time administrative assistant; first play to be produced, The Beauty Queen of Leenane , opened at the Druid Theatre, Galway, Ireland, February, 1996, and also became his first play to appear on Broadway with its April of 1998 debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre; wrote and directed the short film Six Shooter , 2005, and the full-length feature film In Bruges , scheduled for release in 2008.
Awards: Most promising playwright prize, London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, 1996; Drama Desk Award for outstanding new play, for The Beauty Queen of Leenane , 1998; Laurence Olivier Award for best new play, Society of London Theatre, for The Pillowman , 2004; Academy Award for best short film (live action category), Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for Six Shooter , 2006; Obie Award, Village Voice , for The Lieutenant of Inishmore , 2006.
Anglo-Irish playwright Martin Mc Donagh has no formal training, but a sheaf of plays he wrote during one long stretch back in 1994 turned him into one of the most celebrated new English-language dramatists of his generation.
Nearly all of Mc Donagh's plays are set in Ireland, and draw heavily from Irish idiom and culture in their skewering of once-sacrosanct literary and political ideals.
I rarely felt like joining in the laughter – the story has so much cruelty. The opening scene shows a prison cell where a convict – found guilty of murdering a young woman – is about to be hanged by executioner Harry Wade.The play ran Off-Broadway in January to May 2001 at the Gramercy Theatre, produced by the Roundabout Theatre.A dark comedy in which a crippled teenager schemes to attain a role in Man of Aran.The play was well received on its opening night in Galway in 1996 and was then produced Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company in 1998.The play was presented at the Royal Court Theatre (London), and made its US premiere at the A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle, Washington in July to August 2000.