Hangmen is Martin McDonagh's first play in over ten years and premiered at the Royal Court Theatre London in 2015, to huge critical acclaim. Decadent will be scheduling its Irish Premiere as soon as Covid-19 restrictions are sufficiently eased.
Andrew Flynn has worked closely with Martin McDonagh since 1996, and has directed Decadent productions of The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2006), Lonesome West (2009), A Skull In Connemara (2013, 2018) and the Irish premiere of The Pillowman (2015).
In his small pub in Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and sycophantic pub regulars, dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, a peculiar stranger lurks, with a very different motive for his visit.
'Pitch-perfect... Perhaps the most line-by-line funny play London has seen in years... Takes you brilliantly, without any crude coercion, to the heart of serious questions about justice and punishment'
'Martin McDonagh returns in triumph... Brilliantly macabre'.
What's on Stage
Martin McDonagh was born in Camberwell, London in 1971 to Irish parents. As a child, he spent his summers in the West of Ireland. His massively successful plays have been produced all over the world, including extensive runs on the West End and Broadway. His play The Beauty Queen of Leenane won 4 Tony Awards in 1998. Further awards include the Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, 1996)and the Olivier Award for Best New Play (The Pillowman, 2003), as well as numerous Tony nominations. He also spent some time as resident playwright at the Royal National Theatre in London. In recent years McDonagh has dedicated himself to the medium of film, with his first film Six Shooter winning the Oscar for Best Short Live Action Film in 2005 and the subsequent feature-length In Bruges taking the BAFA and the British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay as well as the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild Award for Best Film Script in 2008. His most recent film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was nominated for Best Picture for the 2018 Oscars. He lives in London.
Andrew Flynn on Martin McDonagh
As a director, Martin’s work is hugely satisfying to work on. His plays all have a unique language and rhythm. Once the actors find this rhythm his language is like a well written piece of music. The rehearsal process is about finding that rhythm, sourcing the necessary energy to breath life into the words.
Martin’s characters are another joy to work with, a great strength to his work. They feel real. Audiences recognise them. Yet despite this naturalistic quality they also have a heightened cartoonish dimension. Finding the balance is a huge challenge in a collaborative process and one that actors and directors relish. His popularity and success are due to his brilliant writing and the fact that attending his plays is a profound theatrical experience.
What I love about Martin McDonagh’s plays is the care he takes with his characters and the way he plots. He is certainly dark. He’s king of the macabre, with extremely twisted plot lines that you can’t help but laugh at. You’ll find yourself laughing at things that you probably shouldn’t but can’t help but laugh at. A bit like Synge, he introduces a rugged violence amongst characters that can be frightening yet very, very funny. A Martin McDonagh play brings the audience in and brings them on a journey. So, as well as the laughter and fun, you’ll hear gasps, you’ll experience moments of horror and shock. A Martin McDonagh play is just a great night in the theatre.