at Chapel off Chapel from the 22nd - 27th of May, 2018
by MARTIN MCDONAGH
"Detectives?! Detectives! I would like to make a confession to my part in the murders of six people... I have one condition. It involves my stories.."
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.
“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."
VIV MAH, TheatrePeople