Decadent Presents The Weir and The Pillowman
The seminal and unforgettable plays of The Weir by Conor McPherson and The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh will be toured around Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2016 by Decadent Theatre Company. These two plays constitute #Decadent2016.
On its première in 1997, The Weir won the Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier award for Best New Play, and established McPherson’s eerie tale as a masterpiece of modern theatre. Quietly compelling and strangely chilling, The Weir is the perfect story for a summer’s night. Decadent’s production marks the second major Irish revival but first national tour of this undoubted modern classic. With the support of Dún Laoghaire’s Pavilion Theatre, Cork’s The Everyman and Galway’s Town Hall Theatre, we will be able to tour this show across Ireland this summer. Full details of touring locations and the cast will be revealed over the next short while.
The Pillowman received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-5 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and two Tony Awards for production. Decadent presented the 2015 Irish premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman; 25,000 patrons came to see this unforgettable show in packed Galway, Dublin, Cork and Belfast theatres. Peter Campion, Katurian in our production of The Pillowman, was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for his role in this production. Decadent’s remounting of this play marks the second large-scale tour of McDonagh’s piece de resistance, but this time around we will be able to reach more regional venues and audiences with the aid of further funding from The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaionn and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Full details of touring locations and the cast will be revealed over the next couple of months.
WHAT OUR DIRECTOR HAS TO SAY
“Both The Weir and The Pillowman are two of the greatest plays of the Irish canon. We are privileged to mount large-scale tours for these two pieces as great scripts are central to our artistic process. It is a strange phenomenon for both plays to have never received a national tour in their native land – both plays celebrate the Irish tradition of storytelling through their blending of comedy and tragedy through word power.
We are fortunate that in Conor McPherson and Martin McDonagh we have living playwrights. Both broke onto the scene in the 1990s, both are Irish, both have won countless awards and both are still to this day the toast of West End and Broadway theatre circles. I am honoured to be working with them and to direct The Weir and The Pillowman, two of their best plays.
Finally, I am delighted to say that the creative team that worked on The Pillowman will be working on The Weir and The Pillowman (tour 2), so it is sure to be an aesthetic spectacle and pleasure. These shows, like all of Decadent’s shows, will tour – and tour extensively. It’s what Decadent likes to do, and what we do best.”
WHAT OUR PRODUCER HAS TO SAY
“Decadent are delighted to respond to the demand from regional venues and audiences for both of these plays, neither of which have had a professional tour in Ireland. Each of these productions will tour for 7 weeks, with The Weir opening in June and The Pillowman in late September.
It has been a dynamic and creative two years for Decadent. In 2015, we toured the Irish premiere of McDonagh’s The Pillowman and a stage adaption of Vernon God Little by Tanya Ronder. Collectively, 32,000 people came to our shows. This was all made possible by the support of numerous venues across Ireland, The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaionn, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Pat Egan Management and our tireless creative team and casts.
Hard on the heels of our 5 week tour of Pat McCabe’s The Dead School, 2016 is well and truly a ‘McDecadent’ year.”
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