The Beauty Queen Of Leenane

written by Martin McDonagh

directed by Aoife Marie O’Donnell


Maureen Folan, 40, has lived in a cottage with her mother, Mag, in the countryside of Leenane for almost her whole life. The two share a dysfunctional relationship, due to Mag’s constant interfering into her daughters life, constantly going out of her way to prevent Maureen from leaving the house. When neighbour Ray Dooley’s invitation to a party reaches Maureen, however, and she encounters old flame Pato, things take a turn.


Martin McDonagh is known as one of the most renowned living Irish playwrights. Aside from this piece, he is known for The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Lonesome West, A Skull in Connemara, and The Pillowman, amoung others. He is also celebrated for his screen work, such as In Bruges, and Seven Psychopaths. He has been nominated for several Tonys, and was the winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play (The Pillowman).

Aoife Marie O’Donnell is a former Drama & Theatre Studies student, and this year’s Productions Officer on UCC Dramat’s committee. She has been heavily involved in theatre since the age of 14 and her previous credits within Dramat include doing costume design, make up design, performing, sound operation and production management. This is her debut as a director, though it has been a longstanding dream of hers, and hailing from Mayo herself, McDonagh’s plays have always held a special place in her heart.

The Cast of four range from seasoned dramat members to frech newcomers. Louise Ryan(Maureen) is doing her masters in Chemistry, and has previously performed in the summer production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Adam Donovan (Pato Dooley) is a second year politics and philosophy student and recieved an ISDA nomination for best supporting actor for his role as Tinman in Stars, Clocks and Lost Things last April. Our final two cast member are brand new members of Dramat, Roisin Harrington (Mag Folan), who is a first year Applied Psychology student, and Alan Stanton (Ray Dooley) who is in his third year of Biomedical science.


Tickets: €9 / 7