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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

In a small town in the Irish hills of Connemara, Maureen Folan lives a lonely existence with Mag, her aged mother.

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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Date: 10 Oct 2019

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.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane was the first big hit for playwright Martin 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.

Yael Stone plays Maureen Folan and Noni Hazelhurst her mother Mag.

“Our two central characters, Mag and her daughter Maureen are brilliant roles for women,” says director Page Rattray. “They are both incredibly flawed beings, playing domestic roles that have been thrust onto them by society and circumstance. Their psychology is complex and you see-saw between feeling anger, sympathy, understanding and outrage at their actions.”

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