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McDonagh drama to dig up the dirt

Story by Tom Kelly

Thursday, 21st February, 2013 5:27pm

McDonagh drama to dig up the dirt

Following on from the successful productions of 'Doubt' and 'Port Authority' in 2012, Decadent Theatre Company returns to Ramor Theatre this weekend with a tour of Martin McDonagh's 'A Skull in Connemara'.

First performed in 1997 as part of McDonagh's Leenane Trilogy, the play follows Mick O'Dowd, who, for one week each autumn, 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 own late wife, strange rumours regarding his involvement in her sudden death seven years earlier begin to resurface.

Decadent Theatre company's production of A Skull in Connemara features an exciting cast, with some of Ireland's best actors of both stage and screen, as well as fresh new talent. Considering the success of McDonagh's latest feature film, Seven Psychopaths, there is bound to be renewed interest in McDonagh's work, which is always popular with audiences.

John Olohan has worked with most of Ireland's major theatre companies, including the Abbey Theatre, Livin' Dred and Druid Theatre company. He won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2011 for his role in Druid's production of Big Maggie. John is joined by Brid Ni Neachtain, who also vast experience in Irish theatre, including recent performances in Decadent's production of Doubt in 2012.

Patrick Ryan and Jarlath Tivnan also feature in A Skull in Connemara, both notable young performers. Patrick's most recent role has been alongside John Olohan in Ride On!, while Jarlath garnered much critical praise for his portrayal of Piglet in a sell-out run of Frank Pig says Hello at the Galway Arts Festival on 2012.

'A Skull in Connemara' plays The Ramor on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. Booking at the Theatre on 049 8547074 or

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