The-Pillowman

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Colin Morgan to star in The Pillowman?

According to sources, Colin Morgan could be set to star in a new production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman.

The play - which received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play - takes place in a nameless totalitarian state and tells the story of a fiction writer who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories, and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town. The original cast featured David Tennant, Jim Broadbent, Nigel Lindsay and Adam Godley.

She said, “Go away, Pillowman. I’ve told you, I’m happy. I’ve always been happy and I’ll always be happy.” But it wasn’t the Pillowman. It was another man. And her mummy wasn’t home, and this man whould visit her every time her mummy wasn’t home, and she soon became very sad, and as she sat in front of the oven when she was twenty-one she said to the Pillowman, ‘Why didn’t you try to convince me?’ And the Pillowman said, 'I tried to convince you, but you were just too happy.’ And as she turned on the gas as high as it would go she said, 'But I’ve never been happy. I’ve never been happy.’
—  The Pillowman
I would say that Martin McDonagh is my favourite. He has a very specific kind of humour, which he nails down pretty perfectly. It is an Irish thing, that whenever a situation is pretty dire, we deal with it with humour. The situation may be awful, and here we are saying, ‘oh, it’s grand’.  Martin’s plays are phenomenal,” he adds, his soft voice rising with genuine admiration. “I remember I was about ten, when I saw one of his plays in the town hall, in Armagh. It was one of the first plays I had ever seen. It’s called The Lonesome West - and it’s about two brothers living in a cottage. It was brilliant to see how he showed all their little idiosyncrasies, and how they interacted together. It was only a three-hander, and it was just fantastic; it captured Irish life perfectly.
—  Colin Morgan on his admiration for Irish playwright Martin McDonagh in an interview with Alison Jane Reid in 2012. Colin is nowadays rumoured by WhatsOnStage to star in McDonagh’s play The Pillowman