The Beauty Queen Of Leenane  
The Beauty Queen Of Leenane

by Martin McDonagh

Directed by Colette Dockery

Evenings at 7.30 :
Wednesday 6th : Saturday 9th November and Tuesday 12th : Saturday 16th November
Matinées at 3.00 : Saturdays 9th and 16th November

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington


Set in Leenane in County Galway, Martin McDonagh's first play tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative ageing mother. Mag's interference in Maureen's first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play's terrifying denouement.



Cast List

Mag : Amanda Waggott
Maureen : Julia Flatley
Pato : Nick Cannon
Ray : Simon Brooke

 

Production Team

Director : Colette Dockery
Set Design : Phillip Ley
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison
Lighting Design : Alan Wilkinson
Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk

Stage Managers : Moira McSperrin and Nichola Vasey
Lighting Operator : Chris Holmes or Alex Papadopoulos
Sound Operator : Jacqui Dickson



Amanda Waggott has been a member of the Tower Theatre for around four years and has played Lady Codlington in Gainsborough Girls and Lil in Kindertransport. In 2018/19 she played several characters in Shirleymander at the Playground Theatre and Mum in Rapid Write Response at Theatre 503. She also produced Paradise Circus, Harvey and 'Ere. Recently Amanda organised The Who? Why? What? Theatre Science Bus for the Playground Theatre, sponsored by Imperial University, and this autumn she is producing The Jazz Age, The Army of Lovers and The Great Bear, all for the Playground Theatre. Amanda also teaches presentations skills. She has an MA in Theatre from Goldsmiths and trained at Drama Studio London post Birmingham University and attended the National Youth Theatre many years ago.
 
Julia Flatley trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York. She has a degree in English Literature and has just started the one-year Artists Development course at the Independent Centre for Actor Training. This will be her third production with the Tower, having previously appeared as Rose Gwynn in Nell Gwynn in December 2017 and as Michelle/Mother Superior in Table in December 2018. Julia is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to play Maureen.
This is Nick Cannon's seventeenth year with the Tower. He first appeared as Jeff in A Taste of Honey. Through the years Nick has appeared in plays by Coward, Shaw, Neil Simon and Rattigan (to name but a few). Amongst his favourite performances are Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, Mr Miller in The Deep Blue Sea and Albert in Table. Nick was last seen in the rehearsed reading of Way Upstream in August. He is thrilled to be back on stage with old and new friends.
 
Simon Brooke's background is in screenwriting and script editing, but he has had the occasional dalliance with the world of stand-up comedy. He was in a drama club as a teenager, and after a very long gap he joined the Tower in 2017, appearing in Nell Gwynn that year and in Blue/Orange last year.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane is Colette Dockery's eleventh show for the Tower. Past directing credits include Oleanna, Mojo, The Slab Boys, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Two, The Woman who Cooked her Husband and, most recently, Blue/Orange. She started as an actor with the Tower, moving into directing 10 years ago.