Vol. 2 (1) Jul. 2020

Article ID. JHSSR-1023-2020[1]

Scary Tales of Martin McDonagh: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a Skull in Connemara, the Lonesome West, the Pillowman

Vera Shamina


In-Ye-Face theatre, postmodernism, parable, conflict, psychological drama, Ireland

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The essay addresses the poetics and rhetoric of plays by Martin McDonagh – a most prolific and ingenious modern playwright in the English language. His popularity nowadays equals that of Shakespeare and Chekhov, all the more so since he has made quite a name for himself in cinema with his last Oscar winning film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. His works arouse much controversy among both critics and viewers. The aim of this essay is to show different sides of his bright talent through the analysis of his early psychological dramas set in Ireland (The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996), A Skull in Connemara (1997) and The Lonesome West (1997) on the one hand, and a provocative, overtly postmodern later play The Pillowman (2003), on the other.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37534/bp.jhssr.2020.v2.n1.id1023.p43