PERVIEW: WED 28 MAY 2014
SEASON: THURS 29 - SAT 31 JUNE
TRILOGY: JUNE 1, 8, 15
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
A richly dark comic thriller which portrays the ancient, manipulative Mag and her virginal daughter Maureen locked in a dance of mutual loathing which may be more durable than any love.
Directed: Declan Eames
Producer: Keith Brockett
Assistant Director: Jo Booth
Set / Costume Design: Casey-Scott Corless
Design Assistant: Alexandra Hiller
Lighting Designer: Kris Chainey
Sound Designer: Nick McCorriston
Stage Manager: Kiaya Edwards
Publicist: Amaya Courtis
NONI HAZLEHURST ( MAG FOLAN )
Noni is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected actors, with a career spanning over 40 years. She has worked extensively on stage, in film, television, and radio as a performer, presenter, writer and director and is a popular public speaker.Her stage credits include Breath of Life, Hamlet, The Man from Mukinupin, Precious Woman, No Names No Pack Drill, Navigating, Woman in Mind, and The Conquest of Carmen Miranda for the Sydney Theatre Company; On Our Selection, Traitors, Whore in a Madhouse, and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune for Belvoir St Theatre; Madagascar, Grace and The Heretic for the Melbourne Theatre Company; and Robyn Archer’s The Cut and Thrust Cabaret performed on London’s West End.On television, Noni has starred in The Box, The Sullivans, Ride On Stranger, Jokes, Nancy Wake, The Shiralee, Waiting at the Royal, Waterfront, City Homicide, Stepfather of the Bride, and Curtin.
Most recently, she has appeared in The Broken Shore, Redfern Now, and A Place to Call Home. Her films credits include Fatty Finn, Waiting, Australian Dream, Monkey Grip, Little Fish, Bitter & Twisted, Candy, and The Mule.
Noni has been nominated for 8 and awarded 4 AFIs (including a nomination for Best Direction of a Telemovie), 2 Logies, received Best Actress at the San Sebastian Film Festival 2 Critics’ Choice Awards and 2 Variety Club Awards. In 1995, she became a member of the Order of Australia and has received an honorary PhD from Flinders University.She worked on Playschool for 24 years, hosted and wrote for Better Homes and Gardens for 10 years and works for ABC radio as a guest presenter.
MICHALA BANAS ( MAUREEN FOLAN )
Michala’s acting career started very early, with her first film credit at the age of 5, in her native New Zealand. Since then, she has forged a remarkable film and television career.After moving to Australia in 1988, Michala worked on several productions before her breakout television role in Always Greener (Channel 7). Scooby Doo, McLeods Daughters (Channel 9), and Winners and Losers (Channel 7) soon followed. More recently, she portrayed Carolyn Russell in the tele-movie true story of Beaconsfield (Channel 9), to much acclaim. It was her portrayal of two naughty puppets in her stage debut in Avenue Q that earned Michala a 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Lead Female in a Musical.
Michala has just finished a tour of Reg Cribb’s play The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell with Samuel Johnson and Max Gillies, and is currently starring in the award nominated ABC comedy series Upper Middle Bogan alongside Glenn Robbins and Robyn Nevin.
LINC HASLER ( PATO DOOLEY )
Returning from Dublin, Ireland, in 2001 after a five-year stay, Linc took up studies with teacher/casting director Tom Mc Sweeney. In 2004 he began his studies with Kim Krejus, acclaimed teacher/coach and Arttistic Director of 16th Street Studios. After a three-month study excursion in New York, Linc appeared in and co-produced Human Sacrifice Theatre's 2010 sell-out show The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, playing the role of Judas. Most recently, he participated in the highly acclaimed master classes with American inspirational teachers Larry Moss and Ellen Burstyn. He has appeared in Stingers, Rush, City Homicide, Conspiracy 365, Winners and Losers and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries to name but a few. In 2006, he played supporting lead in the American production of Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes, and appeared alongside Brendan Cowell and Emmy Award winner Peter Dinklage in I Love You Too. Linc is credited as co-writer and actor/producer in The Kin Collective’s debut project in 2012 GLIMPSE, which was a huge success. He continues his work with HST and always looking for a new project for both HST and KIN.
DYLAN WATSON ( RAY DOOLEY )
Dylan grew up in a string of locations throughout NSW before settling in Byron Bay at the age of 8, where his passion for acting was encouraged by his parents and peers. He moved to Melbourne in 2001 to pursue this career and has since featured in nearly 40 short films and TVCs, a handful of features and over a dozen plays. Dylan studied at 16th Street Actors Studio, completing the full-time course in 2011 and continuing with postgraduate lessons since.His most recent credits include Stevie in The Boys, Nugget in Equus and Antony/Portia in Julius Caesar. Dylan has just finished filming Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, in which he plays a supporting role alongside Jai Courtney and Domhnall Gleeson. This will be Dylan’s first time with the Kin Collective; and with Martin McDonagh being one of his favourite playwrights, he is thrilled to be a part of such an exciting production.