It has been receiving rave reviews wherever it has travelled - and has been one of the most successful productions to play at Dublin’s prestigious Gaiety Theatre in years.
The writer is the Academy Award winning writer behind ‘In Bruges’ - and the calibre of the cast is second to none.
But the question remains - what would Derry’s very own Dana make of it all? Garrett Keogh, the man who takes on the role of Mick Dowd in ‘A Skull in Connemara’, which arrives in Derry next month, laughs uproariously when I ask him.
“Oh God, yes. Dana,” he says. “Yes, there’s a scene in the play - which is a very black comedy - where the boys are hammering the old bones from dug graves and they comment they should have a bit of music to ‘hammer the dead fellahs with’. It’s then Mick remembers he has an old Dana record in the house.”
It’s this scene the critics are raving about - two men, in a wee house on a hill in western Ireland - smashing bones to smithereens while Dana’s sweet tones sing about ‘All Kinds of Everything’.
It is clear as Garrett speaks that this is no ordinary play - and you wouldn’t expect it to be. Writer Martin McDonagh has been described as the Quentin Tarantino of theatre - and Garrett himself says nothing is sacred in this play - not even the dead.
“Mick is the gravedigger who every year is tasked with digging up the old graves in the very small graveyard of the local church to make way for the new bodies. Which is grand, until the year arrives when he has to dig up his wife who died seven years earlier. And people start to talk about how she really died...”
It’s a play which pokes fun - at times uncomfortably - at rural living. “You find out that Mick spent time in jail for drinking driving on the night of the accident in which his wife died. But was there more to it? Skeletons, literal and metaophorical and unearthed through the show.”
But despite the macabre subject matter of the play, Garrett insists it is “a great night out”.
“It’s not just a murder mystery,” he said. “It’s an hilarious murder mystery.”
The set has been highly praised in reviews - and Garrett, who is no stranger to Derry, says he thinks it will work particularly well in the Millennium Forum.
“Of course I’m looking forward to coming back to the Millennium and to Derry - what’s not to love about Derry?”
‘A Skull in Connemara’ is at the Forum from March 3-5.