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A Skull in Connemara - Acting Edition (The Leenane Trilogy #3)
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.
Paperback, 72 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
(first published 1997)
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Hilarious, weird, and whacky. It's funny how distinctly Irish it is- I couldn't read it without hearing Irish accents in my head. Similar to Synge's Playboy of the Western World, I think if I saw this play put on I would come out thinking "What the hell was that all about?" That was my basic impression after I read it (granted I finished it around 2 AM, and the final scene is creepy enough to freak out anyone at that hour). For me, the main/most interesting point was the concept of truth- did Mi ...more
What didn't I learn from this book? Well, actually I learnt this is better (much better) as a play than as a book. Mainly because, despite long-term immersion in the Irish way of speaking, the reading voice in my head does very little justice to McDonagh's dialogue. I would also say this is best read at one (or a few) goes instead of, as I did, over the course of a year. There are bingo-playing old grannies, feuding siblings, wisecracking (or, rather, morosely swearing) gravediggers (or at least ...more
From its back cover description, this would seem a very morbid play. In actuality it's less explicitly macabre, and more unnervingly commonplace (albeit a commonplace involving grave-digging and skull smashing). The ambiguous ending had chilling potential that would probably be enhanced in seeing the play.
It has great humor in the plot and language, but I don't know if I appreciate it as much as I should because I am not Irish. The idea of digging up bones and destroying them really bothers me. I feel this play can only be performed well if the actors can pull off a superb Irish accent.
While still in his twenties, the Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh filled houses in New York and London, was showered with the theatre world's most prestigious accolades, and electrified audiences with his cunningly crafted and outrageous tragicomedies.More about Martin McDonagh...