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A Skull in Connemara

A Skull in Connemara
Your Price: $12.95 CDN
Author: Martin McDonagh
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 55
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0822216655
ISBN-13: 9780822216650

About the Play:

Winner 1996 Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright; Winner 1996 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright

A Skull in Connemara is a full length comedic drama by Martin McDonagh. The is the second play in McDonagh's award winning trilogy, which also includes: The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West.

For one week each autumn, Mick Dowd is hired to disinter the bones in certain sections of his local cemetery to make way for the 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 ago gradually begin to resurface.

Cast: 1 woman, 3 men

What people say:

"Mr. McDonagh's great strength is that he combines a love of traditional storytelling with the savage ironic humour of the modern generation …In A Skull in Connemara, a gravedigger, whose job is to disinter the bones of seven-year-old corpses and smash them to pulp, is hotly suspected of killing his wife." — The Guardian (UK)

"[A] macabre little masterpiece ... McDonagh disposes the elements of his play with a beautiful intricacy and his banter is bang up to date." — The Spectator (UK)

"This slice of Irish gothic isn't for the faint-hearted: with all the fecks and blood and smashing of skulls, it's a bit of an assault on the senses." — Time Out London

About the Playwright:

Martin McDonagh is an English-born Irish playwright, filmmaker, and screenwriter. He has been resident playwright at the Royal National Theatre in London, and has won numerous awards, including the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. His first play The Beauty Queen of Leenane was nominated for six Tony awards, of which it won four, and the Laurence Olivier Award. His play The Pillowman had its world premiere at the Royal National Theatre and received the Olivier Award. His short film, Six Shooter, won an Academy Award. He also wrote and directed In Bruge, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.