in association with Project Arts Centre and St. Ann’s Warehouse
written and directed by Mark O’Rowe
starring Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O’Sullivan
LIVE BROADCAST | DATES & TIMES
7:30pm Thursday 21 January
7:30pm Thursday 21 January – Live Captioned performance
7:30pm Saturday 23 January + Post-show talk*
9:00pm Sunday 24 January
Full details here.
Please Note: These are live show broadcasts from Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Our virtual theatre foyer will open 15 minutes before show time.
* Post-show talk: Join the cast and writer/director Mark O’Rowe in conversation with Louise O’Neill on Saturday 23 January.
As the details of what they share begin to diverge, we realise that a subtle game of survival is being played.
Following previous sell-out performances in Edinburgh and Dublin, The Approach now makes its debut on the virtual world stage with three live broadcasts this January from Project Arts Centre.
Utterly riveting and engrossing, Mark O’Rowe’s remarkable play reveals a profound truth about relationships, and about our deep, abiding need to make sense of our world.
Three conversations draw us into the inner lives of Anna, Cora and Denise. What will they reveal to each other? And what does each of them have to hide?
The Approach is a play about being human, an exploration of betrayal, and an appeal to listen before it’s too late.
When The Approach first premiered at Project Arts Centre in 2018 it was hailed by audiences and critics alike and received a raft of reviews across the board. These live broadcast performances will bring back to the stage ‘three of the finest performers of their generation’ (The Irish Times) – Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O’Sullivan – in what have been described as ‘breathtaking performances’ – ★★★★★ The Observer.
Buy the published playscript of The Approach HERE.
★★★★★ ‘compelling new work … stunning study of everyday relationships … breathtaking performances by Aisling O’Sullivan (Anna), Cathy Belton (Cora) and Derbhle Crotty (Denise): not a word, not a gesture is wasted; not a pause too long or too short. O’Rowe directs with vivid economy.’ – The Observer
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ ‘simple and significant piece of theatre … a must-see this Fringe’ – Broadway Baby
★★★★★ ‘a play of intense juxtapositions, of silence and anger, façade and vulnerability, distance and communion’ –The Edinburgh Reporter
★★★★ ‘a hymn to the ways women provide mutual support … a still play, but one that runs deep’ – Fest
★★★★ ‘a psychological thriller … fascinating new play’ – The Sunday Times
‘stunning new play … immaculate’ – Sunday Independent
★★★★★ ‘exquisite ensemble performance … superlative design … the stuff of legend’ – The Arts Review
‘holds your attention like a transfixing riddle’ – The Irish Times
★★★★ ‘a dream team of actors at the top of their game’ – The Sunday Times
★★★★ ‘three of Irish theatre’s foremost performers’ – Irish Examiner
★★★★ ‘beautiful script … riveting’ – Irish Mail on Sunday
★★★★ ‘brilliantly subtle and utterly engrossing’ – Sunday Business Post
Watch an interview with Mark O’Rowe | Writer/Director
Watch an interview with Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty & Aisling O’Sullivan
Writer/Director Mark O’Rowe is one of Ireland’s leading playwrights. His recent work includes the award-winning Our Few and Evil Days at the Abbey Theatre, and DruidShakespeare, his acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s history plays for Druid Theatre Company. His feature film The Delinquent Season will be released early next year.
Produced by Landmark Productions, the company’s recent work includes the world premieres of Woyzeck in Winter, adapted and directed by Conall Morrison, and Enda Walsh’s Arlington, Ballyturk and Misterman, all co-produced with Galway International Arts Festival; and two operas by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh, both co-produced with Wide Open Opera, The Last Hotel and The Second Violinist.
The Approach received its world premiere in Project Arts Centre, Dublin on February 6th, 2018. It played at Assembly as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, supported by Culture Ireland GB18: Promoting Irish arts in Britain.