Feature: Rebel Wilson on The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Date posted: 7 Sep 2018Author: STC Production: The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Rebel Wilson as Maureen

Heralded as a modern classic of Irish theatre, The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh is set in the mountains of Connemara and tells the story of lonely Maureen Folan and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother. Mag’s interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific.

Actress, writer, producer and comedian Rebel Wilson returns to Australia to play Maureen in a play which holds a special significance for her.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is one of my favourite plays. It’s a fascinating look at a complicated relationship between a mother and daughter, written by my favourite playwright, Martin McDonagh. He writes such dark and comedic characters – I've always been drawn to his work.

“I am really excited to come back to STC to be in this play. The Beauty Queen of Leenane was the first professional play that I ever saw and I saw it at STC when I was 19 years old. I was just blown away by how talented the actors were and how great the play was. Then I performed in that same theatre a few months later in my first proper play, Spurboard, for ATYP and STC Education. So, to me, the play holds a lot of significance – I hope I can do it justice."

“There’s something very special and very magical about seeing theatre. I can’t get enough of going. I love that it’s an immediate experience. The cool thing is that every theatrical performance is different and it depends on the audience and the energy in the room. Just those people there share that one, live, personal experience. You can’t get that from a movie or a TV show, it’s such a particular experience. That’s why, despite all the technological advances in entertainment, people still go to the theatre – and have for hundreds of years. You just can’t beat the shared experience of theatre.”


The Beauty Queen of Leenane, 18 Nov – 21 Dec 2019, Rosyln Packer Theatre

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