The Pillowman

By Martin McDonough
Director Craig Ilott

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 04 June – 13 July 2008

    Martin McDonagh’s blindfolded fairytale The Pillowman has been a gleeful, award-winning triumph in London and New York. McDonagh first took the theatre world by its throat with the Leenane Trilogy, and we had a live-wire success with The Lieutenant of Inishmore in 2003. Then Company B played host to his gruesomely funny celebration of our irrepressible urge to tell tales.

    Katurian is in an interrogation cell and he’s not sure why, but he thinks it might have something to do with what he’s written. Enter a pair of nasty cops and a wide-eyed brother, and McDonagh’s deer-in-the-headlights storytelling unfolds with all the suspense and horror of a fabulous thriller.

    The Pillowman is as black as comedy gets: hair-raising and blow-by-blow funny. Secretly it might be about the power of tenderness and thoughtfulness. Or it might be about the deadly responsibilities of artists. Either way, it’s a captivating and perversely entertaining experiment with the dangerous power of those ageless words, ‘Once upon a time…’

    Craig Ilott created a sensation with his production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and then he made his much-anticipated Company B debut with The Pillowman. And the marvellous Damon Herriman eagerly took the plunge. This is the kind of horrible fun we know we shouldn’t really have (but do).


    By Martin McDonough
    Director Craig Ilott
    Set Designer Nicholas Dare
    Costume Designer Jo Briscoe
    Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
    Composer & Sound Designer Jethro Woodward
    Assistant Sound Designer Chris Mercer
    Fight Director Kyle Rowling


    Amanda Bishop
    Marton Csokas
    Lauren Elton
    Damon Herriman
    Steve Rodgers
    David Terry
    Dan Wyllie

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr


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