Nottingham Playhouse presents Martin McDonagh‘s pitch black comedy ‘A Skull in Connemara‘ this summer, directed by Associate Director Fiona Buffini and designed by Linbury Prize-winner Madeleine Girling.


Mick Dowd’s wife died seven years ago. An accident it was, so they said. But now the local cemetery’s full; it’s time for a clear-out, and as the spades dig down into the earth of Connemara, might it be more than just bones they find? Might the secrets of seven years ago be exhumed as well?


Fiona Buffini and Madeleine Girling last collaborated on the Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed production of J.B. Priestley‘s ‘Time and the Conways‘ last Autumn. Buffini also created and directed the phenomenally successful ‘Mass Bolero’ film last year, which received over 60,000 views on YouTube.


Nottingham Playhouse Associate Director, Fiona Buffini:


“Exploding stereotypes has always been something I’ve relished when directing. With ‘Time and the Conways’ I was able to lift the lid on family life and what really goes on in a seemingly happy family. Now I’m excited to dig below the surface of a supposedly quiet village in rural Ireland with Martin McDonagh’s exceptional comedy, which explores with wit and compassion the most unneighbourly, violent and ugliest behaviour imaginable.”



‘A Skull in Connemara’ is one of McDonagh’s Leenane Trilogy of plays, which also includes ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane‘ and ‘The Lonesome West‘.  Martin McDonagh’s other plays include ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan‘ and ‘The Pillowman’. His films include ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths’.


‘A Skull in Connemara’ will be the fourth Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company production to offer a Pay What You Can performance following press night, as well as free programmes for every member of the audience.





by Martin McDonagh

Friday 22 May to Saturday 6 June 2015


Press Night Tuesday 26 May – 7pm


Directed by Fiona Buffini

Designed by Madeleine Girling



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