Preview of THE PILLOWMAN at Orange Theatre in Amsterdam

26th May – 9th June.

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?

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.


Katurian – Alex Baggett

Michal – Eli Thorne

Tupolski – Gina Lamprell

Ariel – Lydia Medeiros

Mother/Puppeteer – Esther Low

Father/Puppeteer – John Mabey


Directed by: Rocky Hopson