The Approach by Mark O'Rowe


Landmark Productions presents

THE APPROACH | A new play by Mark O’Rowe
written and directed by Mark O’Rowe
starring Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O’Sullivan

Buy the published playscript of The Approach HERE.


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★★★★★ ‘
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

READ all reviews here.

Listen carefully…

Three women.

Three conversations.

As the details of what they share begin to diverge, we realise that a subtle game of survival is being played.

Following their hugely successful collaboration on Howie the Rookie, Mark O’Rowe joins forces again with the award-winning Landmark Productions to present the world premiere of this emotional depth-charge of a play.

Both psychological puzzle and quietly devastating tragedy, The Approach explores the inner lives of Anna, Cora and Denise as they desperately try to make sense of their world.

What will their conversations reveal? And what does each of them have to hide?

Starring three of Ireland’s leading actors: Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O’Sullivan, The Approach is Mark O’Rowe’s first new play since the smash hit Our Few and Evil Days.

Watch an interview with Mark O’Rowe | Writer/Director

Watch an interview with Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty & Aisling O’Sullivan

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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.