Martin McDonagh: Translating Adaptation into Film

  • Catherine ReesEmail author
Part of the Adaptation in Theatre and Performance book series (ATP)


The focus for the final chapter shifts from plays that are adaptations of other plays to plays that have intertextual relationships with films. To do this, the chapter examines the work of Martin McDonagh, the play, The Cripple of Inishmaan, which makes intertextual use of the film Man of Aran, and his film In Bruges, which includes references to the play The Dumb Waiter. The chapter starts by exploring some of the key terms at stake; what, for example, the difference is between adaptation and intertextuality, and then expands to explore the representation of national identity in both works by McDonagh. In so doing, the chapter examines the relationship between Hollywood film and colonisation, perpetuated by national myths, and explores religion and globalisation as markers of national distinctiveness and homogeneity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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