The Approach by Mark O'Rowe

Reviews

Reviews


THE OBSERVER ★★★★★
a stunning study of everyday relationships … Mark O’Rowe’s compelling new work draws breathtaking performances from Aisling O’Sullivan, Cathy Belton and Derbhle Crotty … not a word, not a gesture is wasted; not a pause too long or too short. O’Rowe directs with vivid economy’  
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WHATSONSTAGE ★★★★
‘an exquisite demonstration of female friendships … Mark O’Rowe’s new play for Ireland’s Landmark Productions is a slowly bubbling big-hitter. It creeps up on you, weaving its tale masterfully and meticulously until you are entirely absorbed … they are all superb performers
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FEST ★★★★
a hymn to the ways women provide mutual support … a still play, but one that runs deep’
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THE EDINBURGH REPORTER ★★★★★
‘a play of intense juxtapositions, of silence and anger, façade and vulnerability, distance and communion’
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THE STAGE ★★★★
‘Mark O’Rowe’s quietly powerful three-hander takes the form of series of conversations … little glimpses of underlying loneliness emerge like silver fishes … a subtle, layered piece that rewards close attention’
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EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE ★★★★★
‘a thought-provoking and enthralling piece of theatre … superb acting’
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THE SCOTSMAN ★★★★
‘a work in which every nuance counts and in which the unsaid is at least as important as the spoken lines’
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BROADWAY BABY ★★★★
‘simple and significant piece of theatre … a must-see this Fringe’.
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THE SKINNY ★★★★
‘breath-taking honesty … a highly beautiful and heart-wrenching play… magnificent portrayals’.
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ONE4REVIEW ★★★★
three fantastic actresses … the shifts in narrative force the audience to question everything they hear and make it an absorbing 65mins of theatre
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THREE WEEKS ★★★★
there is a poetic elliptical dislocation to The Approach … at the plays moving climax repetition becomes something more, a Joycean cycle revealing something profound about relationships and memory, and about our deep, abiding need for companionship’
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FRINGE REVIEW ★★★★
‘this is a play about being human, not in the big achievements or grand gestures, but in the daily detail of existence … an aligning of creative mastery and brilliance … this is vital and powerful work …highly recommended’
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BRITISHTHEATRE.COM ★★★★
‘three restrained but subtly powerful performances from Cathy Belton, Aisling O’Sullivan and Derbhle Crotty … an exquisitely nuanced exploration of complex relationships
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DAILY MAIL ★★★★
‘An intriguing psychological slow-burner … boasts the stellar talents of three of Ireland’s finest actresses … who turn in an acting master class … intricate, thought-provoking and not to be missed
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THE SUNDAY TIMES ★★★★

‘Mark O’Rowe’s compelling new playa psychological thriller, this fascinating new play grips you from the start …. O’Sullivan, Belton and Crotty, a dream team of actors at the top of their game’
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SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

‘Mark O’Rowe’s quite simply stunning new play … O’Rowe directs the play himself (superbly) for Landmark … his layered script is handled with infinite tenderness by three of our most accomplished actors
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THE IRISH TIMES

three of the finest performers of their generation …  The Approach holds your attention like a transfixing riddle
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THE ARTS REVIEW ★★★★★

exquisite ensemble performance … superlative design … the stuff of legend
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SUNDAY BUSINESS POST ★★★★

‘a brilliantly subtle and utterly engrossing tragedy, guaranteed to provoke plenty of post-show discussion – and ensure that meeting a friend for coffee will never feel quite so innocent again’
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IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY ★★★★

‘like a piece of vocal chamber music … O’Rowe’s beautiful script … riveting
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