Looking Glass Productions Fringe Club Until Mar 29, 7.30pm Written by Irish playwright and director Martin McDonagh, The Pillowman is a gruesome tale of a writer whose short pieces of fiction bear uncanny resemblances to a series of child murders in the town where he lives. And it's this very dark tone that has interested Looking Glass Productions in staging this intense drama as its local debut. 'We felt that this is something new to Hong Kong theatre. There are a lot of comedies here and we just want to get into something that is a little darker because this genre is really rare here,' says the show's producer Mike Bown. 'So we opted for a darker comedy and this is definitely one of the darker pieces that we could find that is also interesting as it's a play that has been around only for a few years [premiered in 2003] but it has already done pretty well for itself. It's been shown all over the world in major cities and won awards, including the Tonys.' Set largely in an interrogation room, McDonagh's true subject, according to The New York Times review, is not the gruesome crime and unjust punishment but compelling storytelling and the narrative potential of theatre. Tackling this piece will be director and founder of Looking Glass Productions Eric Ng and the cast of four: Paul Sheehan (above left), Michael Pizzuto, Reuben Tuck (centre) and Damien Barnes (right). Bown says he was initially concerned about not getting the right actors for the roles. 'But it turned out really well. The people we found are amazing,' he says. 'I can't believe how well each person fits the character. The police in the drama, for instance, are very police-like, right down to their looks and the way they dress ... not everyone can pull that off.'