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The Beauty Queen of Leenane Says Hello

On the tail of "The Go-Between", rehearsals are already underway for Sewell Barn’s newest play ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’. The first play ever written from acclaimed playwright Martin McDonagh, who went on to pen ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’ and the ‘Pillowman’, is a dark comedy depicting the dysfunctional relation between a spinster and her domineering mother. The wicked humour and twisted violence foreshadows McDonagh’s later works, which include screenplays ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Seven Psychopaths’. Of this razor-sharp mix of comedy and cruelty, so wittingly portrayed in The Beauty Queen, McDonagh says “I suppose I walk that line between comedy and cruelty because I think one illuminates the other. We're all cruel, aren't we? We are all extreme in one way or another at times and that's what drama, since the Greeks, has dealt with. I hope the overall view isn't just that though, or I've failed in my writing. There have to be moments when you glimpse some…

The Go-Between

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Absolutely delighted to receive this wonderful review, both of our theatre and of our current play The Go Between, on our TripAdvisor page.

"Watched "The Go Between" on January 16th. It was our first visit to the theatre as we live 130 miles from Norwich. What a fantastic little gem, the front of house staff were very helpful and the play itself was a professional performance from amateur players. I will not single anyone out for special praise but will just say that the evening was exceptional - and I am usually very critical of "amateur theatre". Thank you to all concerned with the performance."

We were also delighted to receive a detailed and thoughtful review from our friend and theatre member Rob Fradley-Wilde:

"A very satisfying evening at the final performance of 'The Go-Between'.

Some of the success surely was in the participants' safe forwards and backwards negotiation of the set! This armature of poles and dry paper foliage at …