22nd - 27th of May, 2018
by MARTIN MCDONAGH
Arrested by police in a totalitarian state, The Pillowman follows a short-story writer as he is brutally interrogated by two fierce police officers about the gruesome content of his stories, and their remarkable similarities to a number of child-murders that are happening in his town...
McDonagh’s writing is ferociously poignant, searingly funny and savagely engaging. Concerned mainly with the power of literature and the dilemma of one’s legacy, The Pillowman presents audiences with a tragic vision of stunted and frustrated lives, punctuated with numerous twists and turns leaving you wishing for more. The play received the 2004-5 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony Awards for the production. It was nominated for the 2004 Evening Standard Award for Best New Play.
“There is no doubt that the audience is seduced. The situation and its unravelling is intriguing… appreciate and admire what this young company has made of it: great production, direction and performances. This is Patalog’s second production. I look forward to the next one.”
MICHAEL BRINDLEY, Stage Whispers
"In times punctuated by the credibility of social media and news, an exploration of truth registered by the stories we tell is arguably even more alarming now than it was when the play received its first reading in the late 90’s… The Pillowman is a fascinating play in the very capable hands of the Patalog Theatre.”
DOUG KNIGHT, The Australian Stage
"Viewers can expect all the flint and gut punches of McDonagh’s heavy dialogue and concept, delivered as capably and as uncompromisingly as one would hope for. In their staging of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Pillowman’, Patalog Theatre pull off an impressive second entry into the Melbourne theatre scene."
CHRIS BOYD, The Australian
THOMAS HENRY JONES as TUPOLSKI
Thomas Henry Jones is writer and actor based in Melbourne. He is currently co-writer and a lead actor in Melbourne web series Feedback, and has recently performed as Don Jon in Artefact Theatre's production of Much Ado About Nothing. Previous credits include the two butlers- Lane and Merriman, in Artefact Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest and Potts in Patalog Theatre's maiden production of Mojo by Jez Butterworth.
In 2014 he toured with The Adamson Theatre Company through England and France performing a number of roles including Salieri in a production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus and Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream. As part of Adamson Theatre Company Tom also appeared as Macbeth, Macheath in The Threepenny Opera and Old Man Strong in Urinetown for which he was nominated in the category of best junior supporting male at the Victorian Music Theatre Guild Awards (2012).
MARK YEATES as ARIEL
Mark graduated from the 16th Street Actors Studio full time program in 2012. Mark has also studied with other institutions such as Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Theatre Company as a part of their intensive training programs. In 2010, Mark was selected to train part time with National Institute Dramatic Art as a part of their Young Actor’s Studio. He has since founded Artefact Theatre Co, producing three productions since its inception in 2016.
Recent theatre credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Artefact Theatre Co.), Mojo (Patalog Collective), Romeo and Juliet (China Tour - Australian International Opera Company), Much Ado About Nothing (China Tour - AIOC), Seminar: A Comedy (Artefact Theatre Co.), You Got Older (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), Proof (Artefact Theatre Co.), Seussical: The Musical (OCPAC) in 2013 which was then remounted at the Athenaeum Theatre for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for which he received a Music Theatre Guild nomination for best actor, Heirloom (The Actor’s Theatre Collective), Fiddler on the Roof (CLOC), Sweeney Todd (OSMAD)
BEN WALTER as KATURIAN
In addition to his acting work, Ben is the Artistic Director and founder of Patalog Theatre, which he has been developing since 2017. He starred as Eliot in Patalog’s most recent project, Polly Stenham’s Tusk Tusk, which received acclaimed critical success. Ben has undertaken classes at 16th Street Actors Studio, The Royal Shakespeare Co. and NIDA. Earlier this year, he was a key cast member and the assistant director for Lightning Jar Theatre’s production of Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play at fortyfivedownstairs, directed by John Kachoyan.
Other recent credits include; Derb in Rainbow Man at fortyfivedownstairs, with emerging group Goodnight Darlings; and Baby in Patalog Theatre’s maiden production of Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, which he also directed and produced. Ben has played iconic characters from a young age; most notably, Javert in Les Miserables and Daryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick, for which he received nominations for Best Junior Performer in the Victorian Music Theatre Guild. In 2016, he toured with Adamson Theatre Company, performing at schools around the UK in the role of Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors.
MARCUS MOLYNEUX as MICHAL
Widely reviewed and backed by his peers as, "someone who was there" and, "sort of a nice guy," Marcus has relentlessly pursued his dream with intermittent appearances on stage and screen.
Marcus completed the 16th Street Part Time Program alongside role-model actors and directors, and participated in masterclasses with influential mentors such as Larry Moss (Larry Moss Studio, LA), Elizabeth Kemp (Pace University, NYC) and Carol Rosenfeld (HB Studio, NYC).
Marcus has had past projects including a tour to Alaska with show ‘Flesh Eating Tiger’ and has a piece of his own work in development.
LEXI KELSALL as STORYTELLER
Lexi has been an acting enthusiast since she was very young. Her passion was ignited when she played Jasmine, the lead role in the junior school musical, Aladdin. Since then she has continued participating in school plays and musicals and is soon to be appearing as the very charismatic character Kyle in Legally Blonde. Lexi continues to extend her acting skills through the 16 Street Youth Program and attending masterclasses, including those with the late Elizabeth Kemp and Larry Moss.
She has been involved as an extra in Lieutenant at Arms (Best Student Film at the Manchester Film Festival 2018) and the TV series Nowhere Boys.
VINCENT ATTANASIO DIRECTOR
Vincent Attanasio is a Melbourne based actor, writer and director. His recent credits include a critically acclaimed directorial debut for Patalog Theatre Company with Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman.
Vincent also played the role of Skinny in the company’s maiden production of Mojo by Jez Butterworth. His other credits include Richard in William Shakespeare's Richard III, Billy Flynn in Chicago, and John Proctor in Arthur Miller'sThe Crucible, all with the Adamson Theatre Company.