ln a nameless totalitarian state, a writer is brought in for interrogation by the police, who believe there may be a link between his macabre fairy tales and a series of gruesome crimes against children occurring in his hometown. Martin McDonagh, the enfant terrible of British theatre in the ‘9Os, emerges here as perhaps the first great playwright of the 215’ century, creating a troubling world that is both frighteningly recognizable and comically surreal, where cruelty and violence live side by side with a dazzling gallows humor that may be the only sane response. Outrageously funny, uncompromisingly original, THE PILLOWMAN is a thrilling, incendiary postmodern fable about the power of storytelling and the role of artists and artistic responsibility in contemporary culture.
Winner 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play.
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