Cornmill return with All Ireland play

Fresh from qualifying for the All Ireland Drama Finals with The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Corn Mill Theatre Group return to their home venue for a number of performances before the national event later this year.

Fresh from qualifying for the All Ireland Drama Finals with The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Corn Mill Theatre Group return to their home venue for a number of performances before the national event later this year.

The RTE All-Ireland Drama Finals take place in Athlone from April 29th to May 7th, and with that in mind, the group have pencilled in a number of dates in Carrigallen over the coming month to prepare.

Written by Martin McDonagh, The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a a blend of black comedy, melodrama, horror and bleak tragedy.

Maureen is a rather plain spinster in her forties who lives with her mother, Mag and takes care of her. The hypochondriac old woman makes life a burden to her daughter but Maureen is also moved by her viciousness.

The life of the two women is filled with television watching and never-ending and devastating altercations when they get an invitation to Pato Dooley’s party. Maureen puts nice dress on, and tries to have fun once in her life. So much so, that she spends the whole night with Pato.

Next morning Maureen and the jealous mother quarrelling before Pato’s eyes, but that doesn’t discourage the man. He writes a letter to Maureen saying that he is in love with her and that he wants to take Maureen to Boston.

However, the letter can’t reach the addressee: Mag opens it then burn it away. Maureen finds everything out, but it is too late…

Directed by Killian McGuinness, the cast features Maura McGuinness, Deirdre O’Reilly, Seamus O’Rourke & Charles McGuinness.

The dates for the upcoming shows are: Thursday 7th, Friday 8th & Saturday 9th April; Thursday 14th, Friday 15th & Saturday 16th April; Sunday 24th & Monday 25th April 2011. Doors open: 8:00pm and show starts: 8:30pm. Booking: (049) 4339612 or bookings@cornmilltheatre.com