Blue Hat Productions based in Whitechurch just outside Cork city, are staging Martin McDonagh's hit play 'The Beauty Queen Of Leenane' at the Cork Arts Theatre from March 27-31.
Blue Hat Productions are regulars on the All-Ireland One-act circuit, winning the festival in 2016 with Jim Cartwright’s ‘Two’.
Martin McDonagh’s play centres around two female characters; Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag Folan, 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.
Maureen, a 40-year-old virgin, openly fantasizes about being seduced at her mother’s funeral. Trish Burk plays her tormenting mother makes Maureen, played by Rosemarie Sheehan, frustrated and mentally fragile, a creature with a bitter survival instinct.
Paul Ó Sullivan, as Maureen’s love interest Pato, is her only real hope to leave Leenane and Brian Ó Riordan plays Ray, Pato’s brother – the mainly bored and excitable adultescent character.
In this story of tyranny and vulnerability, passive-aggressive bonds and fantasies of escape, violence is something best kept in the family, the play asks to be taken as a ghoulish and taunting comedy.
Booking now open on 021-4505624.