Set in a shabby, isolated cottage in the west of Ireland, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the dark comic tale of a mother and daughter engaged in an epic battle of ordinary life. The mother whines and bullies to get her way while the plain, unmarried forty-year-old daughter, resentfully carries out mother's every command. The women spend their days in endless rounds of petty insults and physical threats as each manoeuvre for control of their isolated existence. When Maureen is offered a chance at love and a new life with Pato Dooley, this once-benign terrain grows treacherous and the two women, bound by blood but driven by desperation, will do anything to survive. Pato's brother Ray provides the light relief in this potent family drama.