Mark O Rowe

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Director Caitríona McLaughlin and writer Dylan Coburn Gray: ‘I’m always struck by how many people say the city comes through in the play,’ says Coburn Gray. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

To begin at the beginning. For years Dylan Coburn Gray’s father would quote one playfully circuitous line from Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas’s transc(...)

Clare Dunne: a fine actor finding her own voice in Sure Look It, Fuck It

SURE LOOK IT, FUCK IT ★★★★☆ Project Arts Centre, Dublin “Swearing can bring sudden calmness,” performer and writer Clare Dunne declares, encouraging(...)

Charlie’s a Clepto: Clare Monnelly populates a north Dublin neighbourhood with a gallery of distinctive characters

CHARLIE’S A CLEPTO Civic Theatre, Dublin ★★★★☆ If talent borrows and genius steals, as the old line goes, what does that make Charlie? The light-fing(...)

Il Bravo: nominated for best opera and best costumes. Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPal

A stunning, shape-shifting lament with a bravura star performance. A room-spinning take on an unstaged Samuel Beckett novel. A vivid mingling of forgo(...)

Herald Angel winners: Rory Nolan, Garrett Lombard, Marty Rea and Aaron Monaghan in Druid’s production of Waiting for Godot. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

Irish productions have won awards and excellent reviews at the month-long Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which have j(...)

Oona Doherty’s Hard to Be Soft – A Belfast Prayer at Dublin Dance Festival. PR photograph: Luca Truffarelli

In 2014 I was asked to take part in a theatre conference at NUI Galway called “Pushing Form”. My paper was on my own experimental work, exploring form(...)

Jim (Cillian Murphy) and Daniele (Eva Birthistle) are smugly married with two children

Jim (Murphy) and Daniele (Birthistle) are smugly married with two children and a Dublin 6 home. They have other smug marrieds, including Chris (Scott)(...)

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Feb 8-17 7.30pm €13-€30 abbeytheatre.ie In Michael Keegan-Dolan’s award-winning production for Teac D(...)

Look back in Anger opens at the Gate on February 1st

Look Back in Anger Gate Theatre, Dublin. Previews Feb 1-6 Opens Feb 7-Mar 24 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) gatetheatre.ie So what happens when the world tur(...)

Mark O’Rowe: 'You remember that making theatre is less about precision than bringing something to life.' Photograph: Alan Betson

It is more than 20 years since Mark O’Rowe’s debut play, Anna’s Ankle, was produced in the dark dingy space of Project @ the Mint. A short drama set b(...)

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