Ballymoney Literary and Debating Society gave us The Beauty Queen of Leenane on stage in the Town Hall last evening.
Unfortunately the company was struck by a double whammy when both the female lead and her understudy took ill and were unable to appear. The lead role was taken by the play’s producer and she read all her lines from a copy of the book, carried throughout in her right hand!
The good news is that she was magnificent! She clearly knew most of the lines by heart and was carrying the script only for confidence.
It was the best evening’s theatre so far and Adjudicator Scott Marshall loved it too. He did, however, add that the competitive element was sorely affected, so expect few honours to go this way at the end of the week.
I urge everyone in Newry to get to the Town Hall tonight to see local group Newpoint perform Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
By all accounts, it is excellent!
The plot of ‘Macbeth’
‘The play begins with the brief appearance of a trio of witches and then moves to a military camp, where the Scottish King Duncan hears the news that his generals, Macbeth and Banquo, have defeated two separate invading armies