A Skull in Connemara: A Black Comedy from the writer of Three Billboards...

Written by Martin McDonagh, the play, set to run at the Oldham Coliseum, has been described as "Quentin Tarantino meets Father Ted"

By Ben Brown | 29 January 2019

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In a rural town on the west coast of Ireland Mick Dowd sits in his cottage sipping poteen. Mick has the unfortunate occupation of exhuming bodies from Connemara graveyard to make space for new residents and this year his late wife is on the list of people to evict.

Una died under mysterious circumstances some seven years ago. What’s more mysterious however, is that when Mick digs into her grave and opens her coffin there’s nothing there…

Running from Friday 22nd February – Saturday 9th March, A Skull in Connemara is written by BAFTA and Academy Award-winning writer Martin McDonagh, who has penned such modern classics as In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The Coliseum’s production is directed by Chris Lawson who commented: “A Skull in Connemara uses both dark comedy and drama to show how people can be a product of their environment and community. The play presents the audience with a puzzle that I hope everyone will try and solve in their own way.

It raises issues about morality, sense of self and the impact of rumours versus fact. Ultimately, I’m proud that we have brought the words of such a great playwright to the doorstep of Oldham”.


A Skull in Connemara

Dates: Friday 22 February – Saturday 9 March 2019
Venue: Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Full: £17 – £23.50
Concs: £17 – £21.50
Under 26: £7 (limited availability)

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Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Fairbottom St, Oldham OL1 3SW