The Beauty Queen of Leenane Comes To Hong Kong
Why We Recommend it
Reaping four Tony Awards, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” a gripping tale between a mother and daughter spiteful of each other, comes to Hong Kong and stars Hong Kong’s very own actress and singer, Deanie Ip Tak Han.
Martin McDonagh (famous for producing Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) adapts the originally French and British text to a play set in an Irish small village. The story follows Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster who lives in the Irish village of Leenane, Connemara, in the early 1990s with her 70-year-old mother Mag, for whom she acts as caretaker. Maureen is displeased with Mag’s excuse as an invalid whereas Mag is determined to keep her daughter as a virgin – Maureen has ever only kissed two men in her life.
When Ray, their neighbour, invites Maureen to a party where she meets and starts a sexual relationship with Ray’s brother Peto, chaos, jealousy and revenge fill their lives. No one knows whether it is out of love for Peto or hate for Mag, but Maureen is determined to pursue the courtship at the cost of her mother’s life…
In collaboration with Hong Kong Arts Centre and Project Roundabout, McDonagh puts on the Cantonese rendition with a line-up of Hong Kong stars: Hong Kong Film Award winner Deanie Ip Tak Han, veteran television actor Chan-Leung Poon, as well as the “Cooking Mistress” of Hong Kong Louisa So Yuk Wa.
Please note that the play is conducted in Cantonese.