The Pillowman Setting

Martin McDonagh
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Interrogation Room

Act 1, Scene 1 and the whole of Act 3 are set entirely in the interrogation cell. The cell is isolated and barren. The only objects inside the room are chairs and a table. Tupolski and Ariel are within their element when they are in the interrogation room. It is their space, and they control everything that happens inside of the room, where they torture, beat and play mind games on Katurian.

Holding Cell

The holding cell in which Tupolski and Ariel keep Michal is down the hall from the interrogation room. It is similar in its sparseness and isolation, but Tupolski and Ariel are largely absent from the room, where the two brothers are reunited for the first and only time in the play. Within the space, the brothers fight and argue and forgive and love one another. Ultimately, Katurian uses a pillow from the cot in order to...

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