A Skull In Connemara
A Skull in Connemara
by Martin McDonagh
Writer & Director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths
Winner of Two Tony Awards and Olivier Award for Best Play
For one week each autumn, Mick Dowd is hired to disinter the bones in certain sections of his local cemetery, making way for new arrivals. As the time approaches for him to dig up those of his own late wife, strange rumours regarding his involvement in her sudden death seven years earlier begin to resurface….nosey neighbours, troublesome teenagers and an ambitious Garda contribute to this macabre, funny play.
Winner of the Evening Standard & George Devine Awards for Most Promising Playwright 1996. Martin McDonagh’s brilliant black comedy, A Skull in Connemara is one of McDonaghs funniest plays. Nominated for an Olivier award in 1997 the play is guaranteed to make you laugh, squirm and avoid graveyards.
Decadent Theatre Company toured this show all around Ireland, twice. In all we sold around 25,000 tickets for the show, traveled to 20+ cities and had a whole lot of fun in the process.
Known as one of McDonagh’s funniest plays, Decadent toured the show on two separate occasions in 2013 and 2014 around Ireland’s biggest theatre venues including The Lyric Belfast, University Concert Hall Limerick, Galway Town Hall Theatre, The Cork Opera House and The Gaiety Theatre Dublin.
The Irish Times
Decadent Theatre’s astutely judged production begs to differ, though, by rooting deep into the earth of the play, and presenting it, quite persuasively, as a deliciously grim fantasy.
Andrew Flynn’s cast are an excellent quartet, and MaryJohnny, played by Maria McDermottroe, is a particularly brilliant characterisation, a typical religious bigot, completely self-satisfied in her backwardness. But it’s Garrett Keogh’s Mick who really transcends the delighted self-consciousness of the script.
Irish Theatre Magazine
Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara is the forgotten sister in The Leenane Trilogy. Premiered by Druid in 1997, A Skull chronicles the dismal trade of Mick Dowd, a gravedigger charged each autumn with disinterring bones from his local cemetery to make space for new tenants. When Mick has to dig up the grave of his dead wife, Oona, it unearths muffled rumours about Mick’s role in her sudden death.
The Sunday Times
‘McDonagh’s writing is pitiless but compassionate; he casts a cold, hard but understanding eye on relationships made of mistrust, hesitation, resentment and malevolence’
McDonagh’s text is brought to vibrant life by Decadent’s production, a company well fit to entertain the masses McDonagh’s name should attract.
This excellent production is directed by Andrew Flynn and staged by the Decadent Theatre Company. Bizarre but brilliant it comes highly recommended.
There are many good reasons to go and see Andrew Flynn’s production, but as the least-performed of The Leenane Trilogy, it’s definitely a good one to catch while it’s in town.
With its vibrant cast, macabre set design and experienced director, Decadent Theatre’s recent production of A Skull in Connemarahas breathed new life into a play which had been unfairly neglected in the past.