While still in his twenties, the Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has filled houses in New York and London, been showered with the theatre world's most prestigious accolades, and electrified audiences with his cunningly crafted and outrageous tragicomedies. With echoes of Stoppard and... show more
While still in his twenties, the Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has filled houses in New York and London, been showered with the theatre world's most prestigious accolades, and electrified audiences with his cunningly crafted and outrageous tragicomedies. With echoes of Stoppard and Kafka, his latest drama, The Pillowman, is the viciously funny and seriously disturbing tale of a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders occurring in his town.
Publish date: September 1st 2004
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Pages no: 104
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, Irish Literature
Gloriously dark and messed up as expected from McDonagh, a favourite playwright of mine, but the albeist language was tough to take in, even if it was fitting for the characters.
I have yet to read every play McDonagh has written, but now I feel compelled to do so. THE PILLOWMAN is a brutal, vicious, and as always, darkly comic horror story about a writer being interrogated in some unnamed totalitarian state about the content of his stories, content that mirrors, and may hav...
I read this for my British Drama class. It is so complex in both its structure and the way the plot is constructed, like an onion that you are left impressed by the cleverness with which McDonagh tells his story. I recommend it to anyone who wonders at the connection between art and life.
I just re-read this, in preparation for teaching it, and--damn--it's good. I first read the play upon its initial run in England, and yet I find now--with the subsequent foreground of torture into our political discussions--the play engages on even more cylinders.A key thing--to toss to Gio?--is th...