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The Pillowman


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The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh evokes a powerful dystopian world, where a totalitarian state is interrogating a writer about the gruesome content of his short stories.

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Martin McDonagh was born in London and has since worked as a playwright, screenwriter and film director. His first play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, was nominated for six Tony awards, of which it won four, and the Laurence Olivier Award. In 2003, his play The Pillowman had its world premiere at the Royal National Theatre and received the 2004 Olivier Award. In 2006, Martin McDonagh won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter. His most recent works include, A Behanding in Spokane, The Guard and Seven Psychopaths.


"Energizing . . . a blindingly bright black comedy." --Ben Brantley, The New York Times "A complex tale about life and art, about fact and illusion, about politics, society, cruelty and creativity." --Alastair Macaulay, Financial Times "Martin McDonagh, master of bad taste in black comedy's cause and persistent enfant terrible, leaps towards maturity in this dazzling, disquieting nightmare of a play which makes up its own Grimm fairy-tales." --Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard "A play of extraordinary power and stunning theatrical bravura." --Michael Coveney, Daily Mail

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