MON­DAY 09.03.15

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Peter Craw­ley

THEATRE The Pil­low­man Gai­ety Theatre. Mar 2-14 7.30 (Sat mat 3pm) from ¤19.65 gai­etythe­atre.ie Writ­ten 20 years ago, but un­pro­duced un­til 2003, it has taken un­til now for Martin McDon­agh’s The Pil­low­man to re­ceive its Ir­ish pre­miere.

The sur­prise of Deca­dent Theatre Com­pany’s con­sid­ered and imag­i­na­tive pro­duc­tion is that it may have been worth the wait.

Direc­tor An­drew Flynn has al­ready shown an in­tu­itive and ad­ven­tur­ous un­der­stand­ing of McDon­agh’s work, and faced with what is the writer’s best play, he and designer Owen MacCarthaigh, sound designer Carl Kennedy and a well-placed cast en­hance its grisly fairy tale di­men­sions while steadily un­der­min­ing the re­al­ity of ev­ery­thing we see.

“The first duty of a sto­ry­teller is to tell sto­ries,” says the pro­tag­o­nist, a writer un­der the dark­est of sus­pi­cions. Deca­dent re­minds you, the sec­ond duty is the way you tell them.

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