Press Release – The Pillowman

The Pillowman - Martin McDonagh


Winner of Two Tony Awards and Olivier Award for Best Play.


Acclaimed Author & Director of In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths & the celebrated Leenane Trilogy. 

Presented by Decadent Theatre Company, ‘The Pillowman’ will play to four of Ireland’s largest venues – Galway Town Hall Theatre, The Gaiety Theatre Dublin, The Everyman Cork and Lyric Belfast.  The cast of The Pillowman includes David McSavage (Savage Eye, Calvary), Gary Lydon (LOVE/HATE, Calvary, The Guard), Peter Campion (LOVE/HATE, London Irish), Michael Ford-FitzGerald (Defender of the Faith), Peter Shine, Jarlath Tivnan, Kate Murray, Tara Finn and Rosa Mikela.

Winner of Two Tony Awards and Olivier Award for Best Play, Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman opens in a prison cell where a young writer is being questioned about the children’s tales he has written – grim tales which have inspired copycat killings in the streets outside. Two interrogators tease out the resemblance between real and fictional worlds while probing the personal responsibility of the writer. Story piles upon story as the evening progresses, and the tension mounts when parallel interviews taking place in the adjoining cell with the writer’s brother are revealed.

The Pillowman engages the audience in both recreating the fantastical tales written for children and in defending the rights of the storyteller. The laughter provoked by McDonagh’s gift for language and the tension provoked by his sublime flair for plot override the emotions of fear and pity but never let the black comedy settle into complacency. The storytelling skill in The Pillowman will keep an audience on the edge of their seat to the last line.

The Pillowman celebrates the raw, vital human instinct to invent fantasies, to lie for sport, to con for one’s own end. Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman is as dark a comedy as it is possible to find.

Comedies don’t come any blacker than The Pillowman.  A spellbinding stunner of a play.”  New York Times
The laughs elicited by The Pillowman are the kind that trail into gulps and gasps, appropriate to a show that concerns a man under suspicion of torturing and killing children with no mercy and lots of imagination”.  New York Times 


Directed by Andrew Flynn (Irish Times Nomination for Best Director)

Set Design Owen MacCarthaigh (Irish Times Winner for Best Set Design)

Lighting Design Ciaran Bagnel (Irish Times Winner for Best Lighting Design)

Costume Design Petra Breathnach (Nominated for Best Costume Design)

Sound Design by Carl Kennedy (Irish Times Best Sound Design Nomination)


The Pillowman  will open in Galway Town Hall Theatre and 19th February, in the Gaiety Theatre Dublin on March 2nd , The Everyman Cork on March 16th,  and in The Lyric Theatre Belfast on the 24th of March in 2015.

For more details please visit The Pillowman


For further information contact:

Carmody Smith PR

Tel: 01 2070496/ 086 1741882




Town Hall Theatre

19th to 28th February

The Pillowman - Galway Town Hall Theatre


Gaiety Theatre

2nd to 14th March

The Pillowman Gaiety


The Everyman

16th to 21st March

The Pillowman Everyman


Lyric Theatre

24th March to 19th April

The Pillowman Lyric

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