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The award-winning black comedy Pillowman debuts in the city

Written in 2003, Pillowman received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play. In 2004-05, it was awarded the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, and it also received two Tony Awards. In 2004, it was also nominated in the Best New Play category for the Evening Standard Award.

“It’s a script that is unputdownable,” says a visibly excited Puneet Gupta from the Mad Hats Theatre group.

Gupta is directing and acting in this award-winning play by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh.

“But we didn’t know about all these awards when we chose the play,” admits Gupta, adding, “it’s a gripping, intense and excellently written script. In fact, it’s the script that is the hero. It’s just brilliant.”

Set in an imaginary dictatorial society, Pillowman is the story of a young writer, Katurian, whose children’s tales have inspired copycat killings in the city. The police have taken him in for an interrogation.

While the cops are questioning Katurian, they also discover that he has a younger brother who is mentally challenged. Even the younger brother get dragged  into the mess.

Special effects

While the script has enough meat, Mad Hats Theatre has also added another element — parallel shadow stories on stage. “In a few scenes, there are flashback moments. Instead of just the actor narrating it, we’ve layered it with a shadow performance in the background,” explains the director.

Most international reviewers have given the play a thumbs-up, an affirmation to watch this “first time in Bengaluru” performance.
At Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield. November 18-27. Tickets (`300) on bookmyshow.com

— Ayesha Tabassum

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