The Pillowman

In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door, Katurian’s brother Michael 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, twisted, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece from one of Ireland’s most treasured writers.

Production Team

Co-directors - Ben Newman and James Gilson

Producer - Mia Young

Production Manager - Stella Mackinnon

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Cast & Crew

Katurian - Eleanor Wright
Tupolski - Maddie Farnhill
Ariel - Polly Harley
Michal - Matthew Bevan
Mother - Katie Kelson
Father - Ethan Rzeskiewicz
Child - Gabriel Mason

Stage Manager - Lucy Bugg
Deputy Stage Manager - Isabel Potter
Lighting Designer - Lizzy O'Leary
Lighting Op - Fred Baker
Chief Electrician - Jonathan Payne
Set Design - Saskia Dowley
Set Constructor - Harry Reeves
Sound Design - Jack Goodison
Sound Op - Maddy Whitby
Costume Design - Rebecca Wight
General Crew - Tom Brown, Victoria Breach, Annabel Lever, Christopher Peston