About ‘The Pillowman’:
In an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian dictatorship, Katurian, a writer, is being interrogated by two detectives. Next door, Katurian’s mentally disabled brother Michal waits. The detectives want to know why Katurian’s stories feature gruesome plots about infant murder and torture, and in particular, why they seem to mirror a string of recent infant murders in the area. This brutal dark comedy from Martin McDonagh, the master of the horror-comedy and writer of the Oscar nominated ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, poses unanswerable questions:
Can stories hold the power to cause atrocities? Where is the line between truth and fairy tale? Is a life of horror worth living at all? Does the evil in art come from evil in the world, or can it be the other way around?
Drawing on inspiration as diverse as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Kafka, and Antonin Artaud, ‘The Pillowman’ is a dark, twisty, and utterly unforgettable masterpiece from one of Ireland’s most treasured writers. This play is directed by Rocky Hopson and will be performed by six OTC actors.
Saturday May 26 at 20.00 (premiere)
Sunday May 27 at 14.00
Friday June 8 at 20.00
Saturday June 9 at 14.00 and 20.00
Location: Westergastheater in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam
Address: Pazzanistraat 15,
About Orange Theatre Company:
Orange Theatre Company (OTC) is the leading English-speaking theatre company of Amsterdam, producing a full season of English language plays throughout the year. OTC provides their Dutch and international community with regular opportunities to connect in a culturally relevant way. More than 30 international actors, writers and directors are part of OTC’s ensemble. Its 2018 season will be made up of three productions giving people a regular opportunity to explore their love of English language theatre. The company has kicked off the 2018 season on Saturday the 24th of February with the play ART by Yasmina Reza; a wildly funny and provocative play about friendship and modern art. All performances were sold out. On May 26 they will present the gripping psychological thriller ‘The Pillowman’ by Martin McDonagh, which highlights the dark side of humanity and society. OTC’s 2018 season comes to a close in November with an original commissioned play about Brexit.