Pillowman fights its way to the forefront

AN offshoot of local dramatics group Lancaster Footlights has been formed to move away from the mainstream and bring darker, edgier material to theatre-goers.

Studio Footlights will make their debut next week in performances of chilling fantasy The Pillowman, by Irish playwright Martin McDonough, at the Gregson Centre in Lancaster.

It tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer living in a police state, 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 play won a string of awards when it first appeared in the West End back in 1995. It also had a star-studded cast including former Doctor Who David Tennant and the ubiquitous Jim Broadbent.

The play is directed by Greg Robertson, a teacher and Footlights member.

Although it’s certainly not for children or the faint-hearted, the play is not about scaring or offending audiences. It explores some interesting themes such as the nature of storytelling and how we often blur the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

It will be performed at 7.30pm between May 14 and 16. All tickets cost £5 available from 01524 64695 or www.lancastergrand.co.uk.