Corn Mill Theatre Group present dark but gripping ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’

The Cornmill Theatre Group’s production of ‘The Beauty Queen Of Leenane’ continues this week in Carrigallen before the group participate in the All-Ireland finals.

The Cornmill Theatre Group’s production of ‘The Beauty Queen Of Leenane’ continues this week in Carrigallen before the group participate in the All-Ireland finals.

The Cornmill Theatre Group’s production of ‘The Beauty Queen Of Leenane’ continues this week in Carrigallen before the group participate in the All-Ireland finals.

Over the years the group have established a reputation for excellence when it comes to amateur drama and this production without doubt maintains those high standards. The cast of Maura Farrelly, Deirdre O’Reilly, Charles McGuinness and Seamus O’Rourke, under the guidance of director Killian McGuinness give a performance which encaptures Martin McDonagh’s dark vision of life in Leenane, Co Galway in the early 1990’s.

The story centres around Maureen Folan who is looking at the prospect of being stuck in rural Ireland with no opportunities while also taking care of her demanding 70 year old mother, Mag.

The central themes of the play are ones that are often associated with life in rural Ireland but it is nevertheless difficult to comprehend that McDonagh’s play is set a mere 20 years ago.

While those on stage all performed their roles excellently, they were helped considerably by having such an expertly constructed set to work with while the lighting, music and sound were all superbly choreographed and seamlessly added to the tale being told on stage.

Whether it be a car arriving outside the house, porridge being cooked or turf being burned in the stove, the lighting and sound effects add a real element of authenticity.

It is the attention to detail, coupled with fine acting, that turns a fine play into an excellent performance and in that regard the Cornmill Theatre Group have excelled themseleves yet again.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane continues at The Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen this week with performances on Thursday, April 14; Friday April 15, Saturday, April 16, Sunday, April 24 and Monday, April 25.

To read the ful story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.