The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Cripple of Inishmaan

by Martin McDonagh

Directed by IGAS member Ciaran Mullally

Date: 18th to 20th July, 8pm to 10pm
Venue: The Alliance Francaise Theatre, 1 Sarkies Rd, Singapore 258130
Price: $37--$42; Students $20
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The cast includes members of the Irish community in Singapore, so you may see some familiar faces onstage.

Set in 1934 on Inishmaan, one of the Aran Islands off the Galway coast, The Cripple of Inishmaan is one of Martin McDonagh's most loved plays.

Excitement grips the community when a Hollywood film crew arrives on neighbouring Inishmore and begins casting for a documentary of island life. "Cripple" Billy Claven, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film. To everyone's surprise the orphan and outcast gets his chance, or so some believe.

In real life Man of Aran, a documentary with a fictional plot or ethnofiction, was filmed over the period of a year on and around the Aran Islands by Irish-American director Robert Flaherty for Gainsborough Pictures and released in April 1934.

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Afternoon Book Group Choice.
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Monday Afternoon Book Group July Meeting

Non-members are welcome

Book: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Date: Monday 22 July
Time: 12:00 noon
Venue: The Tea Lounge, Tanglin Club

First published in 2003 Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books tells the true story of Azar Nafisi, an Iranian professor of English, who continued clandestine classes with seven of her female students after she was either dismissed from her university posts or left in despair.

From 1995 to 1997 the secret book group read 'forbidden Western classics', including The Great Gatsby, Daisy Miller and Lolita.

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Saint Jack

Evening Book Group Choice

Evening Book Group July Meeting

Non-members are welcome

Book: Saint Jack by Paul Theroux
Date: To be confirmed
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: To be confirmed

Saint Jack by Paul Theroux is a treat for anyone familiar with Singapore's previous existence as 'Sin Galore', either by lingering reputation of the good old days or through first-hand experience.

The main character is Jack Flowers, an unlikeable American desperate to maintain a lifestyle unbefitting his income and social status among the European community during the early days of the Republic of Singapore. He blags his way into free drinks and dinner at exclusive clubs, passing as a member all the while. His moral fabric is for the most part full of holes -- at one point he becomes a brothel keeper charged with the business of servicing American troops on R&R from the war in Vietnam.

And yet somehow in the end this bungling desperado manages to redeem himself and at the same time promote himself to the status of 'saint' by finally digging up the last dregs of a conscience.

Theroux lived in Singapore at the time the book was written, working in the English Department of Singapore University, now NUS where he is not entirely forgotten.

A final note: Peter Bogdanovich's 1973 film based on the book strays a long way from the original in many ways, not least the casting of the suave, sophisticated Ben Gazzara in the role of Jack Flowers. However, it is well worth watching for anyone who wants to experience a tiny bit of the Singapore that was and is no more.