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Oct 06 2016
Martin McDonagh play to return to Galway stage this autumn
DECADENT THEATRE Company’s acclaimed production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman returns to the Town Hall Theatre in a welcome revival that launches a second national tour for the play.
Winner of two Tony awards and Olivier Award, The Pillowman opens in a prison cell where a young writer, Katurian, is being interrogated about stories he has written; grim tales which seem to have inspired grisly child-murders in the streets outside. Mixing comedy and dread, his interrogators – detectives Tupolski and Ariel – tease out the resemblances between real and fictional worlds, while probing the personal responsibility of the writer and his brother. Throughout, the uneasy laughter provoked by McDonagh’s gift for comedy never overrides the emotions of fear and pity felt for Katurian’s plight.
Taking on the role of Tupolski is Peter Gowen, who previously appeared with Decadent in Stuart Carolan’s Defender of the Faith. Gowen is no stranger to McDonagh having featured in both the West End run of Cripple of Inishmaan and one of Druid’s tours of Beauty Queen of Leenane. As he prepares for his third meaty McDonagh role, he shared his thoughts on what it is like to appear in his plays.
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