One Hope of Happiness?
The People’s Theatre puts its own unique twist on a Valentine’s story as they present The Beauty Queen of Leenane next week.
This dark, comic tale tells of a daughter who, after 40 years of loneliness, has the chance of love and escape. But her mother’s interference sets in motion a chain of misunderstandings, betrayals and heart break.
The director, Hugh Keegan says “It is a privilege to be part of the People’s Theatre Arts Group centenary year. We like to give our audience the opportunity to see a wide spectrum of genres. With this production we have chosen to challenge our audience with an unusual subject matter which touches on every human emotion.”
Maureen Folan (Moira Valentine, pictured in rehearsal) is a 40 year-year-old spinster and a native of the village Leenane, Connemara in Ireland. Her sisters have each escaped into marriage and family life, leaving Maureen trapped as the sole carer of her manipulative mother Mag (Anne Cater, pictured in rehearsal).
Maureen’s horizons are suddenly expanded beyond the narrow confines of the dysfunctional relationship with her mother by the visit of Pato Dooley (Peter Harrison) and his enigmatic younger brother (Joe McLaughlin).
The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh is a blend of comedy, melodrama and bleak tragedy resulting from a destructive mutual dependency.
Listings Information – Beauty Queen of Leenane
Venue: People’s Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
Tickets: £10.50 (Concessions £8.50)
Box Office: 0191 265 5020