the pillowman

by martin mcdonagh


16 march – 13 april 2013


“The only duty of a storyteller is to tell a story”

In a nameless totalitarian state, a writer finds himself the subject of interrogation over a series of gruesome child-murders that seem to mirror the plots of his stories.

As the investigation delves deeper, shocking truths are revealed when the writer’s twisted tales are brought to life, blurring the line between fiction and fact.

THE PILLOWMAN is a suspenseful and wickedly funny psychological thriller that explores the dark corners of the human imagination and the exhilarating power – and danger – of storytelling itself.

From the fertile imagination of Martin McDonagh, award-winning playwright (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lieutenant of Inishmore) and filmmaker (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), this is a viciously funny and seriously disturbing play that walks the very fine line between comedy and cruelty.

THE PILLOWMAN is as black as comedy gets.


Winner – Lawrence Olivier Awards – Best New Play



Director Luke Rogers
Set & Costume Designer Loren Elstein
Lighting Designer Ross Graham
Sound Designer Nathalie Taylor
Production Manager Peter Gahan
Stage Manager Sophie Fairweather
Dramaturg Julian Larnach
Fight Direction Scott Witt
Design Assistant Catherine Steele



Julian Dibley-Hall, Lauren Dillon, Michael Howlett, Ondine Karpinellison, Peter McAllum, Phoenix Southall, Jeremy Waters, Oliver Wenn


Previews Sat 16, 7:30pm & Sun 17 Mar, 5pm
Wed – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Final performance, Sat 13 Apr, 5pm

Running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, including interval



Full $32 | Concession $27 l Groups (10+) $27 | Previews $17 l Student Rush $17 l Cheap Wednesdays $17

Please note: this production contains strong language, smoke, loud noises and firearms


“Impressively staged … a theatrical gem” Stage Whispers

“This production has some standout moments … the unusual story and good acting keep you guessing throughout” Time Out

“Some of the most hypnotic storytelling you’ll see on stage” Australian Stage Online

“Has a trippy black energy … surrender to the narrative switchbacks, the pleasures of a who-and-why-dunit, and ponder theatre’s power to make you sit still and listen” Jason Blake, SMH

“A good-looking, tightly-framed production … a twisting, turning rollercoaster through a house of horrorsSunHerald

Photos © Bob Seary