Absolution is a black comedy, set in Co. Monaghan in the late 1970’s and told from the perspective of Flo Brady, a young teenager in the Cathedral’s youth choir, and Mizzenty Flannagan, the caretaker of the Cathedral. Although they seem worlds apart, they are connected by their shared loathing for one man. Through their interweaving monologues we learn the story of how their paths cross in very peculiar circumstances, involving a bishop, a bible and a speedy burial.

written by Kelly McAuley

directed by Barry McSkeane



Kelly McAuley and Shane Connolly


Kelly McAuley trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London and holds a Masters Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from University College Cork. Absolution is her first play and she is thrilled to be back performing in The Granary Theatre.

Theatre credits include: The Colleen Bawn, National Tour (Druid Theatre), Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (White Bear, London), KATIE MAG (Everyman Palace, Smock Alley), The Hunt for Red Willie (Smock Alley), Ivanov, The Comedy of Errors, The Confederacy (Mountview Academy), Trojan Barbie (Charing Cross Theatre), The Field, Lovers Winners, The Threepenny Opera (Granary Theatre, Cork),  Into the Woods (Hong Kong).


Barry McSkeane is a freelance Drama Facilitator, Director and Theatre Technician based in Co. Monaghan. In December 2012 he graduated from Artstrain, the only full time Youth Drama Facilitation training programme in Ireland. He has worked with numerous groups as a Drama Facilitator, and last year was commissioned by Monaghan County Museum to devise a short play and workshops around the Great War. This coming summer he is one of five facilitators at the National Festival of Youth Theatres in Kilkenny. Barry is delighted to be part of Absolutions return to the stage.


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