A gritty mix of thriller and dark comedy with echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm.
By Martin McDonagh
An amateur production by special arrangement with New Zealand Play Bureau Ltd
This show contains themes of violence, murder, child abuse, sexual abuse, firearm use, and police brutality.
Suitable for mature audiences. Not recommended for children under the age of 16.
In an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door, Katurian’s mentally disabled brother Michal waits. The detectives want to know why Katurian’s stories feature gruesome plots about child murder and torture, and in particular, why they seem to mirror a string of recent child murders in the area.
This brutal dark comedy from Martin McDonagh, the master of the horror-comedy, poses unanswerable questions: Can stories hold the power to cause atrocities? Where is the line between truth and fairy tale? Is a life of horror worth living at all?
Drawing on inspiration as diverse as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Kafka, and Antonin Artaud, The Pillowman is a dark, twisty, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece from one of Ireland’s most treasured writers.