This is the second of two articles on the plots of the plays to be performed at the forthcoming Newry Dr
The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a deeply disturbing play.
It is an alarming blend of hysterical comedy, grand melodr
Set in 1989 in the small
In the course of the play, the Folan cottage is visited by the brothers Ray and Pato Dooley. Many years apart in age, Ray is an irrepressible and irresponsible young man, while Pato is a middle-aged construction worker fed up with having to live and work in
The glimmer of a romance between Maureen and Pato sparks up, then sputters out with ultimately disastrous results.
The play rocketed playwright Martin McDonagh to fame at age 25 when it opened in the
Daragh Carville’s weird play Family Plot will also be performed on the Town Hall stage this Dr
Inside their family grave, three generations of Kerrs are dead and buried, but condemned not to rest. They didn’t get on in life and they certainly don’t get on in death. They continue to battle out the arguments of their lifetimes, until the youngest member of the family arrives in the grave, a fourth generation and the last of the line. It is only with Emer’s arrival that the family begin to realise that they must accept the cost and consequences of how they lived before their story of forgotten love and shocking betrayal can finally be resolved and they can find some kind of peace.
The Festival concludes with two classic plays, the first of which is Shakespeare’s 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