Geraldine O Connor, Danny Cremin and Donal Madigan in A Skull in Connemara
MORE than bones come to the surface with A Skull in Connemara, the Martin McDonagh play which opens in Knockaderry this Friday night.
“Once you see this black comedy, you will never forget it,” says Rachel Lenihan, PRO for the Knockaderry Clouncagh Drama Group.
And she quotes some lines from the play to give a flavour of what the audience can expect. “I’ve only cooked one hamster. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be. You put him in alive and he comes out dead, the fella hardly squeals.”
“Such a dark statement is merely a glimpse of the overt savagery that permeates Martin
McDonagh’s award winning play, “ she explains. “It’s a play that depicts the potential loneliness and isolation of rural existence.”
The play centres around Mick Dowd who, for one week each autumn, Mick Dowd is paid a pittance to dig up the bones of the deceased in his local cemetery in Leenane.
However, as the time approaches for him to dig up the bones of his own late wife, strange rumours regarding his involvement in her death begin to resurface.
Nosey neighbours and troublesome teenage who while away their time trading foul and offensive insults help build up an easily recognisable scenario.
“This is a play that powerfully attempts to capture the monotony and insular world of its characters,” Ms Lenihan says.
But it is the complexity of the central character on which the play hinges and it moves along on the energetic and witty delivery of acerbic one-liners, punctuated by moments of eerie and intense silence. “The dark humour is masking something; but what comes to the surface is for the audience member to decide,” says Ms Lenihan.
“Yet underneath some shocking shows of violence and tirades of insults, as well as moments of brilliant comedy, the audience is presented with characters who, despite their harshness and refusal to ‘suffer fools gladly’, are all suffering in their own way. A Skull in Connemara is, in its own right, a macabre melodrama that is not to be missed!”
The play opens this Friday, with subsequent performances on February 21 and 28. The play will also feature in the programme for the West Limerick Drama Festival.
The curtain goes up at 8pm.