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‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ returns to Westport

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WORD PERFECTING Pictured at rehearals for ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ are St Patrick’s Drama Group members, from left: Mary Carr (director), Collete McGinty, Conor O’Neill, Regina McCormack and Seamus Beirne. Pic: Frank Dolan

When Martin McDonagh wrote ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ in 1996, he never expected to be catapulted to fame as a writer. He was in his early 20s and had been writing stories, plays and film scripts and sending them to publishers, theatre companies, but with little success.
However, when he sent ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ to Garry Hynes of Galway’s Druid Theatre, she recognised the potential of the play and the rest is history. The play went on to pack out theatres and receive much acclaim, receiving several Tony Awards for its 1998 Broadway production.
The play is set in the mountains of Connemara and tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, 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.
St Patrick’s Drama Group in Westport received standing ovations each night of their last run of ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, and they are delighted to be staging it again next week.
Mary Carr directs, with the stellar cast including Regina McCormack, Colette McGinty, Conor O’Neil and newcomer Seamus Beirne. The show runs on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8.