The Pillowman (2003) by Martin McDonagh is a dark comedy that revolves around the interrogation of a fiction writer, Katurian, by two policemen who have equally complicated backgrounds. Katurian has been accused of committing a spate of murders in his town, which have been carried out in ways that are eerily similar to the events in Katurian’s short stories.
Through a series of delightfully gruesome stories and a cast of wonderfully twisted characters, The Pillowman puts a spin on the fairy-tale that we were fed in our childhood, and promises to keep the audience on the very edge of their seat. It has been previously put up by the Singapore Repertory Theatre in 2008 at the DBS Arts Centre.
McDonagh is notorious for dark comedy, often using his personal combination of the rough Irish dialect, heavy symbolism, and grim, surprising twists to weave a story worth hearing. McDonagh has won numerous awards for his work, including four Tony nominations for Best Play (including one for The Beauty Queen of Leenane, 1998), the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for Most Promising Playwright in 1996 (for The Beauty Queen of Leenane), theLaurence Olivier Award for Best New Play (for The Pillowman, 2004), and an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter, 2005.
National Library Board Building, Drama Centre, Black Box
100 Victoria Street, Level 5, National Library Building, Singapore 188064
Performance Duration: 150 minutes (including 15-minute intermission)
Admission Details: $30 per pax, Free Seating
Rating: U16 Advisory (Violence and Coarse Language)
Official Ticketing Partner: Sistic
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