By Dan Walsh
Kilrush Drama Group will take to the stage in St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew, this weekend with their production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane before heading off on the Festival Circuit in a bid to reach the All-Ireland finals in Athlone.
Performances on Friday, February 24th and Sunday, February 26th and audience tickets are available.
Following from the success of last year’s production of Class by Iseult Golden and David Horan, which was directed by Pat Whelan and came fourth in the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone, this year Kilrush Drama Group are busy preparing for the All-Ireland Open Circuit with one of the modern classics of Irish theatre. The Beauty Queen of Leenane by world renowned playwright, Martin McDonagh.
It is set in the mountains of Connemara and tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother.
Mick Byrne directs this powerful drama, and the role of Maureen Folan will be played by Joanne Logue. Playing the formidable role of Mag Folan, Maureen’s mother, is Hilary Madigan. Also in the cast are Niall McGrath from Carnew and John Joe Murphy from Kilrush who play the roles of Pato and Ray respectively.
Working on the set is Lar Duffy and his crew, and Lar will also take on the onerous task of Stage Manager for this year’s production. All-Ireland Best Lighting Award Winner, Kevin McEvoy will
take on the lighting of the show, and the sound engineers once again are Paddy Byrne and Dougie Doyle.