DELVING IN DARK
The Laurence Olivier Award-winning play, The Pillowman, opened on the Gold Coast last week and is by no means for the faint-hearted
Black is the new fashion in funny in the world of theatre.
And they don’t come much darker than the provocative play The
Pillowman, The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s first Independent Season production of 2014.
The Laurence Olivier Award-winning play, which opened last week, is not for the faint-hearted.
Written by Irish playwright/screenwriter Martin McDonagh ( In Bruges,
Seven Psychopaths), The
Pillowman is set in a police interrogation room in a totalitarian state, where a writer is questioned over the content of some short stories which bear an uncanny similarity to real-life murders of children.
Co-producer Hayden Jones, who also stars in the play, says the Arts Centre season features an all-Gold Coast cast (including Luke Richmon, Ben Warren and Jonny Haselam) and crew under the direction of Sam Foster.
Jones says The Pillowman contains some dark and at times disturbing content, as well as coarse language.
“However, the language and content serve a vital purpose in the story, reflecting the themes of censorship, art and freedom of speech,” he says.
“This content is dealt with in a very clever and masterful way, using comedy and a form of modern absurdism to have the audience laughing hysterically at the most inappropriate of times.”
The play explores the factors that make people the way they are and the rights of the artist to express and exercise freedom of speech versus responsibility and accountability for that creation.
“In the current global, as well as local, political climate, I believe this play is more relevant than ever,” Jones says.
“This production is something fresh … for the Gold Coast and I believe local theatre audiences are ready, and even hungry, for dense material such as this.”
The Pillowman plays The Space, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7.30pm.
Hayden Jones (left) and Ben Warren in The Pillowman.