The Pillowman

Fri May 10, 2024 – Sat May 18, 2024

Our partners at the Alberni Valley News have prepared an excellent article about Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman” being produced by Portal Players and opening May 10 at The Capitol Theatre.

Read the entire article here: AV News, “The Pillowman”.

In a totalitarian state a writer is questioned by the authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to his short stories. Is this life imitating art or something more sinister? This black comedy is widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of the past 25 years and examines the role of the artist in society. It asks “what price do we pay for freedom of expression?”.  “The Pillowman” was awarded the 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, and was a 2005 Tony Award nominee for Best New Play.

Playwright Martin McDonagh is an Acadamy Award winner and has been nominated for six additional Academy Awards. Among his many credits, McDonagh wrote and directed the films In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Banshees of Inisherin.

This show is for mature audiences only and includes advisories for a loud noise, racist & graphic language, discussion of infanticide, and live fire. We reserve the right to turn away minors without a guardian present.

Tickets for the May 20th performance are available through the North Island Zone Festival ticket sales page.