A Skull in Connemara at Oldham Coliseum

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
A Skull in Connemara at Oldham Coliseum

A Skull in Connemara at Oldham Coliseum, Manchester 22 February — 9 March 2019 Tickets from £17.00 — Book now

Drawing the audience into the macabre mystery of an Irish village, The Oldham Coliseum will present this home-grown production of Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara as part of its Spring/ Summer Season.

BAFTA and Academy Award-winning McDonagh is best known for his impressive feature films: In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (which ran away with three BAFTAs and two Golden Globes).

A Skull In Connemara is the middle play in McDonagh’s much-celebrated Leenane Trilogy. Flanked by the tragedy of The Beauty Queen of Leenane and the darkly funny The Lonesome West, A Skull In Connemara is often considered McDonagh’s richest drama. The play first premiered at the Town Hall Theatre, Galway in 1997.

The narrative focuses on Mick Dowd, a local gravedigger whose wife died under mysterious circumstances several years ago. There are many whispers believing that his wife’s death was murder.

Every autumn Mick is hired to exhume the bones in an overcrowded Connemara graveyard – when the graveyard is full, he is the one who has to dig to make room for new arrivals. Autumn approaches and this time Mick has to dig up the remains of his own late wife. However, when he begins to exhume her grave, he finds her bones are missing. As the earth is disturbed strange stories surrounding his involvement in her death gradually begin to resurface.

Directed by Chris Lawson, who is the acting artistic director following Kevin Shaw’s departure in November 2018, A Skull in Connemara looks to be a bone-shatteringly razor-sharp production.

A Skull in Connemara at Oldham Coliseum, Manchester 22 February — 9 March 2019 Tickets from £17.00 Book now

Where to go near A Skull in Connemara at Oldham Coliseum

Event venue
Hack Oldham

Hack Oldham is an event space that also offers co-working, community groups and crafting in the heart of Oldham.

Gallery Oldham, in Oldham Cultural Quarter
Gallery Oldham

Gallery Oldham provides a wide range of exhibitions and activities targeted at different audiences of all ages within Oldham and the surrounding area.

The Yoga Seed Oldham
The Yoga Seed Oldham

The Yoga Seed is an intimate studio just outside of Oldham town centre. Run by Sharon it offers small classes including a men only class.

Photo of Stonerig Raceway tracks from above
Tourist Attraction
Stonerig Raceway

Stonerig Raceway in Oldham has seven Scalextric tracks – making for a very unusual day out in Manchester.

Epic Apart Hotel

The Epic Apart Hotel offers 14 serviced apartments – and is bang-slap in the middle of the Ropewalks district, right behind FACT.

Middleton Arena

The Arena has a regular programme of arts and entertainment including live music, concerts, comedy and dances with stage shows and national tours. With two licensed bars this is the perfect location for a great night out.

What's on: Theatre

Culture in South Lakes
Culture in South Lakes

Not only one of Britain’s most picturesque national parks, the Lake District is also brimming with culture. Here’s what’s on over the next few months.

free entry
Hamilton at the Palace Theatre
Hamilton at the Palace Theatre

Politically charged, with outstanding performances and a hip-hop soundtrack, there is no doubt Hamilton is one of the most eagerly anticipated shows to visit Manchester this year.

from £13.00
Christmas at The Lowry
Christmas at The Lowry

Life of Pi, Fantastically Great Women, and beloved children’s classic Going on a Bear Hunt are among our picks of The Lowry’s festive season.

from £17.00

Culture Guides

Music in Manchester and the North

Spotlighting global artists who all, in one way or another, break the mould, we preview the best gigs happening this side of Christmas and beyond.