A Skull in Connemara – Cast
PAT SHORTT MICK DOWD
Pat Shortt started in comedy when he left Art College. With Jon Kenny he created ‘D’Unbelievables’, Ireland’s most popular comedy duo. Together they performed their unique brand of comedy in theatres all over Ireland, Great Britain and the United States as well as various countries across Europe. They produced four critically acclaimed sell-out shows as well as writing and producing chart-topping DVDs. Pat’s first solo show began at the Cats Laughs Festival in Kilkenny, where it sold out before the festival even opened and was hailed as “comic genius” by the Irish Times. An actor of note, Pat has appeared with Druid Theatre Company in Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West. He played Johnny O’Dougal in the recent Michael Grandage Company’s production of The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (with Daniel Radcliffe). His film work includes Angela Mooney Dies Again (with Mia Farrow), This Is My Father (with Brendan Gleeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rae and James Caan), The Closer It Gets (with Ian Harte, Niamh Cusack and Sean McGinley), Man About Dog written by Belfast-born Pearse Eliot, Wheeler McCoy in Strength & Honour and Calvary (2014) by Michael John McDonagh.
Pat played the lead role of Josie in Garage, the second feature film from director Lenny Abrahamson and writer Mark O’Halloran. It picked up the CICAE Art and Essai Cinema Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and Pat also won awards from IFTA (Best Actor), Evening Standard (Best Actor) and the Monte Carlo TV Festival (Best Actor). Pat also featured in Soulboy, directed by Shimmy Marcus and Guard (with Brendan Gleeson), directed by John Martin McDonagh. Television credits include Tom the Character in Fr. Ted (Channel 4) and Bobby in The Fitz (BBC). Pat created the hit series Killinaskully for RTE which was nominated three times by IFTA for Best Entertainment programme and nominated in the Best Entertainment and Best Comedy Actor categories at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. His show Mattie was screened by RTE over the festive period in 2010 and two follow-up episodes entitled Sgt Mattie were screened over Christmas 2011
PATRICK RYAN GARDA THOMAS HANLON
This is Patrick’s fourth appearance with Decadent. Previous credits include Billy in Eden by Eugene O’Brien, Hammy in Pumpgirl by Abbie Spallen and Brendan in The Weir by Conor McPherson. He made his professional debut in Mike Finn’s Pigtown and subsequently went on to train at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. He has toured nationally and internationally in John Breen’s acclaimed Alone it Stands. He has also appeared with Livin’ Dred, Graffiti and Classic Stage Ireland. TV and film credits include Pure Mule (RTE), Northanger Abbey (ITV), Whistleblower (RTE), Killnaskully (RTE), Sensation (Blinder Films), Trivia (RTE), Game of Thrones (HBO) and, most recently, Red Rock Series One and Two.
JARLATH TIVNAN MAIRTÍN HANLON
Jarlath is a native of Boyle, Co. Roscommon. He has worked with Decadent Theatre Company on several occasions. Previous credits include The Dead School, Vernon God Little, The Pillowman and two national tours of A Skull in Connemara. He most recently played Adam in Decadent’s production of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me. He has also performed many times at the Galway International Arts Festival, under the direction of Andrew Flynn: credits include Midsummer - A Play With Songs, The Adventures of Shay Mouse and Frank Pig Says Hello. Jarlath is also a member of Galway-based theatre company Fregoli. Plays with Fregoli include Breathing Water, The Sweet Shop, Home and Tape. Jarlath and Fregoli Theatre Company toured nationwide in 2015 with his first play as playwright, Pleasure Ground. Film credits include Reunion (Winner of Best Short at the Offline Film Festival) and Oh Brother with Ishka Films
MARIA McDERMOTTROE MARYJOHNNY RAFFERTY
Maria McDermottroe was born in Sligo Town and her acting career has spanned a wide range of distinguished work in theatre, film, television and radio. In John Huston’s film of The Dead she played the feisty Molly Ivors. Among her other film credits are In the Name of the Father, The Boxer, Angela’s Ashes, Blackwater Lightship, Bogwoman, Trojan Eddie, Veronica Guerin and Swansong. She has created two of the most memorable roles in Irish television in her characters of Venetia in Glenroe and the hilarious and irrepressible Mrs. Gilhooley in Pat Shortt’s Killinascully (for which she was nominated as Best Comedy Actress at the Monte Carlo TV Festival). Her theatre work started with Hilton Edwards and Micheál Mac Liammóir in The Gate Theatre and has embraced playing in most Irish theatres in an acclaimed career as one of our finest actors in notable productions of Dancing at Lughnasa, Carthaginians, Philadelphia Here I Come, The Risen People, The Field, Moll and Baglady.