The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh: Programme Note for Decadent Production

I recently wrote a programme note for Andrew Flynn/Decadent Theatre’s production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman – which, by the way, is reportedly excellent (I’m referring to the production, by the way, not the programme note…).

It’s amazing that we have had to wait 12 years for the play to receive its first Irish production, though I do remember vividly the excellent touring NT production that toured to Cork in 2005.

The programme note has just been  published on the Decadent website:


The opening paragraphs draw from an excellent recent book about Boris Pasternak, The Zhivago Affair. I’d recommend it.