Close this search box.

The Patriot Game is still going strong

The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a black comedy dealing with, among other things, the absurdity of violence and blind patriotism – of nationalism to a degree as well. It’s set on a small Irish island, and the characters speak wistfully of an Ireland free while decrying the “jack-boot hirelings of England’s foul monarchy”.

I’ve said before one man’s terrorist is another man’s patriot (actually, I think I stole that line from Ed Harris in The Rock), and this play certainly tries to shed some light on that.

At the time it was written, no one wanted to touch it with the situation being what it was in Ireland. A few years later and some shifting politics (not to mention a threat from McDonagh to not write another word until it was produced) and the play finally got off the ground.

It’s been relatively quiet in the US press about the IRA or any of it’s splinter groups (one of those, the INLA, features prominently in the show), and I didn’t hear a peep on the subject that I spent in Ireland just January, but I noted just a minute ago on the Anderson Cooper 360 blog there is a story about renewed operation of the IRA and some of its subsidiaries.

Check out the story here

You certainly don’t need to know anything about Irish politics to enjoy the show, but those who do might enjoy some lines more than others.

Really, you just need to know that in many folks eyes the conflict between the Irish and the British is the longest-running war in human history. Many believe the British occupied a soveriegn nation in Ireland for far too long and despite the Republic of Ireland now being a free nation, that the British have without right held on to this tiny little piece in the north on their way out, far overstaying their welcome. Those same believe that Ireland won’t be free until it’s wholly free, and united.

But, opinions vary, even within Ireland.



Recent Posts

We love Your Feedback

Make the world a better place and give us a Google review. It’s free! 


Ask about volunteering for shows, fundraisers, or just Jobsite in general.

Contact Us About A Show

We love your feedback. Share your thoughts about a show you saw!

The Jobsite Newsletter


Special Invites

Secret Deals

All the Best Stuff

Organization Ticket Request

Request tickets to be donated to your organization.

Attachments are limited to 10MB. Accepted files types are .pdf.

Technical Director Contact

Questions for our Technical Director.

Staged Readings Contact

To perform in a reading, have your script considered, or have other Staged Readings questions.

Attachments are limited to 5MB per attachment. Accepted files types are .jpg, .gif, .pdf, .txt, .doc, .png.

Contact The Artistic Director

Get in touch with Artistic Director David M. Jenkins for all business and production related questions and touring information.

Contact The Development Chair

Donating to fundraisers, plus any other grant or sponsorship questions.

Auditions Contact

Audition questions, scheduling, resumes and headshots. Also, read about our auditions for more info.

Attachments are limited to 5MB per attachment. Accepted files types are .jpg, .gif, .pdf, .txt, .doc, .png.

Donations & Support Contact

Be a Jobsite sponsor, send us something from our wishlist, advertising questions, etc.

Tickets Contact

General questions and information regarding tickets, group rates, discounts, and individual ticket donations.

Attachments are limited to 5MB. Accepted files types are .pdf.

Contact The Webmaster

Email our Online Producer regarding website questions, broken links and general kudos for all around groovy site design.