The return of the Beauty Queen

With the return of The Beauty Queen of Leenane just around the corner (20 July – 3 Sept) we caught up with the cast to find out just how much they love porridge, which one of them acted one-on-one with Sean Penn and whose favourite word is ‘Cac’!

First up is Frank Laverty, playing the Pato. His work on stage includes The Rivals (Southwark Playhouse), A Whistle in the Dark, The Colleen Bawn (Manchester Royal Exchange), Philadelphia Here I Come! A Skull in Connemara, Song of the Yellow Bittern, Silverlands (Druid Theatre Company), Iphegenia at Aulis, Sour Grapes and The Winter Thief (Abbey Theatre, Dublin) with TV and Film credits including Single-Handed, Doctors, Stardust and Michael Collins.

Tell us about your character
Pato is a very lonely man who is unhappy with his life in London. His connection with Maureen is genuine and gives him a new lease of life.

Favourite word
My favourite word in this play is ‘Smutterings’

Proudest moment
Being at the births of my 2 beautiful girls

If you could have a room full of one thing what would it be?
Oxygen

If 28 hour days existed what would you do with the extra four hours?
Play tennis and get some coaching

Favourite holiday
The August Bank Holiday as it’s always my birthday

Weirdest quirk
Needing a one hour siesta between shows. Anything less is not good for the company!

Favourite play
“A Whistle in the Dark” by Tom Murphy

If you had one superpower what would it be?
The ability to fly of course! What else?

Do you have any regrets?
Not being able to play a musical instrument

Favourite midnight snack
Cheese and biscuits

Do you like Kimberleys?
Yes, I love all biscuits

Do you like porridge?
Yes

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