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The Approach

The Approach

By Mark O'Rowe
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848427433, 88 pages, February 2018


Both psychological puzzle and quietly devastating tragedy, Mark O'Rowe's The Approach explores the inner lives of Anna, Cora and Denise as they desperately try to make sense of their world. It premiered at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, in 2018, in a production by Landmark Productions.


"An intense experience like trying to pick apart the puzzle of an overhead conversation… an exquisitely nuanced exploration of complex relationships where past traumas and resentments have put up frustrating barriers to genuine closeness. " —BritishTheatre. com

"Beautiful and heart-wrenching. " —The Skinny

"A play of intense juxtapositions, of silence and anger, façade and vulnerability, distance and communion. Intensely thoughtful, the piece presents itself as an expression of relationships and human identity. It is impossible to come away from it without reflecting on the barriers, physical and mental, that can hinder real human interaction. " —Edinburgh Reporter

"A cryptic work about memory and connection… an intricate puzzle of a play, The Approach holds your attention like a transfixing riddle, rationing out clues and folding in on itself artfully. " —Irish Times

"Deeply engaging… O’Rowe’s thought-provoking script deals in a theatrical and dramatic simplicity that serves as a counterpoint to its textual complexity… will linger long in the memory. " —The Arts Review