The Pillowman in The Press January 2015

The Pillowman - Martin McDonagh

Irish Tatler – P is for… Play Time

“Decadent Theatre Company will present the Irish premiere of The Pillowman by Tony/ Olivier Award-winning playwright and screenwriter of Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh. The play revolves around the protagonist Katurian, a fiction writer living in a totalitarian state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories, and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town. Starring Peter Campion (Stumpy in Love/Hate) this unmissable play will run at the Gaiety Theatre from 2 – 16 March. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.”

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Hot Press – David McSavage to star in Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman

“Theatre-goers in the capital and beyond are in for a treat this spring, as Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy The Pillowman makes an eagerly anticipated appearance on Irish stages.
The Tony and Olivier award-winning play will see David McSavage assuming the lead role; he’s joined in a sterling cast by Love/Hate alums Gary Lydon and Peter Campion.

The production runs in The Gaiety Theatre March 2-14, but there’s a treat in store for audiences outside of the Dublin too, as previews run in Galway Town Hall Theatre from February 19, before the cast and crew pack their bags after the Dublin run for visits to Cork’s Everyman Palace (March 16-21) and Belfast’s Lyric Theatre (from March 23).

Tickets for each and every show are on sale right now.”

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The Irish Times – Peter Crawley’s Cultural Highs and Lows of 2014

What’s your top tip for 2015?

If David Ireland, the Northern Irish playwright, can’t offend someone with his Republic of Ireland debut with Rough Magic, we have problems. Also, new work from Amy Conroy, Hammergrin and Dead Centre, some tantalising collaboration at the Abbey, with Gavin Quinn behind A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Annabelle Comyn and Mark O’Rowe’s Hedda Gabler. But Decadent Theatre has a double coup: Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman and a new adaptation of DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little.”

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The Irish Examiner – The Top 10 Theatre Offerings at Home and Abroad in 2015

3. The Pillowman,

Everyman Theatre, Cork, March 16-21

Irish premiere of a Martin McDonagh’s play that has already won two Tony Awards, Olivier Award for Best Play, and New York Drama Critics Award. Presented by Decadent Theatre Company, it’s a viciously funny and savage tale in which McDonagh creates a fiction writer living in a police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders. While provoking laughter by its gift for language, this comedy is about as dark as they get.”

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The Galway Advertiser – Theatre 2015: Galway Companies

“Andrew Flynn’s Decadent Theatre Company have two very strong shows lined up for next year. In February, at the Town Hall Theatre, they stage the Irish premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman.

The play 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. One of McDonagh’s very best plays, this is definitely a highlight of the spring theatre season. The cast includes Peter Campion and Michael Ford Fitzgerald. The Pillowman runs from February 23 to 28, with previews from 19 to 21.

In the autumn, Decadent are back in action with another Irish premiere; DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little, adapted for stage by Tanya Ronder. Vernon God Little is a blackly humorous look at the misadventures of a Texas teen named Vernon Little whose best friend has just killed 16 of their classmates and himself. In the wake of the tragedy, the townspeople seek both answers and vengeance; because Vernon was the killer’s closest friend, he becomes the focus of their fury. Bracingly satirical and biliously funny this is another one worth noting in one’s diary.”

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