Cucine da incubo. Irlanda, cibo, identità in The Beauty Queen of Leenane – Sara Soncini – Stratagemmi 31
Ireland, Food, Identity, in ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’
In Martin McDonagh’s highly successful debut play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996), the traditional “kitchen/ living-room” of a small rural cottage on the West coast of Ireland is turned into
an outright battlefield by the two women who inhabit it. Locked in a deadly bond of mutual dependence and mutual aggression, Mag Folan and her daughter Maureen, a middle-aged spinster, deploy the provision, preparation and consumption of food as strategic weapons in their tragic power struggle.
By focusing on the symbolical and cultural density of the kitchen as a human and a theatrical habitat, this paper looks at the historical and political resonance with which Mag and Maureen’s relationship becomes invested in McDonagh’s dark comedy.