• BPH_The_Pillowman_1_2015

    Photo by Dylan Evans

  • BPH_The_Pillowman_2_2015

    Photo by Dylan Evans


The Pillowman

Presented by Shock Therapy Productions in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

Comedies don’t come any blacker than this.  Thrilling, thought-provoking, horrific and hilarious!

The Pillowman is a gripping and wickedly funny black comedy, by acclaimed Irish playwright/screenwriter Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges).

Set in a Police interrogation room in a totalitarian state, a writer is questioned over the content of some short stories, which bear an uncanny similarity to real-life murders of children.

This provocative and thoroughly entertaining piece uses razor sharp, rapid-fire dialogue to explore themes such as oppression, control and censorship.

This dense content is dealt with in a very clever and masterful way, using comedy and a form of modern absurdism, to have the audience laughing hysterically at the most inappropriate of times.

Known for

Gold Coast Arts Centre Independent Season of The Pillowman / Zeal Theatre Queensland

View the trailer for The Pillowman


Theatre at its finest, grittiest and most sublime tonight at The Pillowman. If you're thinking about seeing it, see it. If you haven't bought a ticket, buy one. This is kick-arse theatre! Humbled to be made so vulnerable by laughing loudly and sobbing inconsolably

Amy McDonald ABC Radio Gold Coast

You guys are fantastic. Smashing show. Well well well done you! Best show I’ve seen in The Space!”

Marc James ABC Radio Gold Coast

McDonagh’s invention of a new comedy-horror genre and his virtuoso technical skill leaves most playwrights gasping


More Info

Director Sam Foster
Set Design and Construction Luke Wrencher
Hayden Jones Detective Tupolski/Parents
Sam Foster Detective Ariel/Parents
Ben Warren Katurian
Tama Matheson Michal


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and The Fantauzzo.