Today's David Tennant Treat 4 Today is all about The Pillowman.
The Pillowman is a stage play which David starred in during 2003. It was written by Irish playwright Matrin McDonagh.
The play tells the tale of Katurian, a fiction writer, who is interrogated by the police about the gruesome content of his short stories, and their similarities to a number of child murders.
The play had its world premiere on 13th November 2003 at the National Theatre in London. It was directed by John Crowley and the original production starred the following:
David Tennant as Katurian.
A writer of gruesome short stories often involving children. His disturbed imagination was the result of having heard his brother being abused when they were younger. Consequently he killed his parents and looked after his brother.
Jim Broadbent as Tupolski.
The lead detective in the interrogation. He is a cold and uncaring person, he sees himself as apart from the people he aims to save.
Nigel Lindsay as Ariel.
A brutal detective who was abused himself. He has a vendetta against anyone who commits crimes against children.
Adam Godley as Michael.
Katurian's brother, he is 'slow to get things' but has many secrets to reveal.
The play received several awards including the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play.