St Patrick’s Drama Group, Westport's resident and perennial theatre creators, presents The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh in a live theatre recording at Westival 2020 virtual festival.
The play is set in Connemara and tells the story of Maureen Folen, a lonely woman, and Mag, her manipulative and ageing 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.
This play won 4 Tony awards for Druid Theatre Company in 1998 when first staged on Broadway.
St Patrick’s Drama Group , having first brought its hilarious comedy, “A Wake in the West” to the Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago in 2006 for sold-out performances then returned to the IAHC in a riveting revival production of
The Beauty Queen of Leenane on February 20th, 21st 2020.
The group entered the play in The Martin McDonagh International Festival in Perm Russia , held 1st-7th of October 2020. Westport received a special Jury Award. The video of The Beauty Queen of Leenane was viewed by the Russian audience, together with plays from Spain, Italy, Holland, Estonia, Ukraine and Belarus .
Members of the cast are Regina McCormack ( Mag ) , Colette McGinty ( Maureen ) , Conor O’Neill ( Ray ) , Seamus Beirne ( Pato ). Director Mary Carr, Producer Marion Moran .
From the adverse circumstances of human existence in this rural west of Ireland place to the arduous realities inherent in the conglomeration of city life, east Ireland, redolent in Ireland's Call, our two theatre screenings offer a dark but cathartic movement of acknowledging all that of which we are somehow part and from which we are constantly forming.