The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Roslyn Packer Theatre$27/STUDENT, $13.50/PSFP
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Paige Rattray
The Beauty Queen of Leenane is an ink-black modern classic by Academy Award-winning writer Martin McDonagh.
In a small town in the Irish hills of Connemara, Maureen Folan lives a lonely existence with Mag, her aged mother. Their relationship is more arm wrestle than warm embrace. Right now, when Maureen stands the chance of having her first romantic relationship, Mag’s cantankerous presence is simply unbearable.
This play was the first big hit for McDonagh who went on to pen the Broadway and West End hits The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore, as well as acclaimed films such as In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. On both stage and screen he combines a devilishly satisfying sense of humour with a cruel underbelly.
Here, in the hands of a stellar cast and Associate Director Paige Rattray (Black is the New White), The Beauty Queen of Leenane will be a tragically funny night in the theatre.
Approx. duration 2hrs 10 mins (including interval). Subject to change.
Content warning Strong language, adult and violent themes. Subject to change.
DRAMA STAGE 5 AND 6
- Stage 6, Links to Topic 6: Black Comedy (The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh)
- Stage 5 Dramatic Forms and Performance Styles: Comedy
THEMES AND IDEAS
- Thwarted dreams
- Loving and leaving
- Power struggle