Beauty Queen opens this week

Tarmonbarry Sanctuary Players opens tomorrow night (Thursday February 24), the play will run for three nights until Saturday February 26 at the Backstage Theatre, Longford.

Tarmonbarry Sanctuary Players opens tomorrow night (Thursday February 24), the play will run for three nights until Saturday February 26 at the Backstage Theatre, Longford.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1997) was written by Martin McDonagh when he was just 27 years of age.

The play is followed by the other two parts of the Leenane Trilogy, A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West.

All three plays are set in the small village of Leenane, Connemara, in Galway in the early 1990s and is a story of a relationship between a mother and her daughter.

The setting is a shabby, poorly lit kitchen, resulting in a claustrophobic sense of depression and the story centres on the life of Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster who takes care of her 70 year-old, selfish and manipulative mother Mag.

Maureen’s sisters have escaped into marriage and family life, but Maureen, with a history of mental illness, is trapped in a seriously dysfunctional relationship with her mother.

Directed by Donal Kelly, the Beauty Queen of Leenane has a local cast, including Clondra’s Liz Leavy (Maureen Folan); Michael Frayne (Pato Dooley); Paul Kelly (Ray Dooley); Maggie Carrington (Mag Folan).

The backstage crew include Eileen Moynihan, Al Shannon, Barry Compton, Brendan Cox, Gerard Frayne, Mick Quinn, Declan Fallon, Mary Shannon, Shane Kelly and numerous others. Niamh Trautt takes care of costume, Andrea McGuinness is on make-up, and Laura Murphy is on sound.

The play will be performed in the Arts Centre in Roscommon on Friday March 25th and Saturday 26th.