A Few Words About the Playwright

The first week of Terminus is almost to a close! Audiences have been raving about the production, and, in particular, the distinct writing style of Mark O'Rowe. As my inaugural blog post as Pi Theatre's Interim Office Manager, I thought I would share some information about the man in question.

Mark O’Rowe is part of a generation of playwrights who emerged in the 1990’s whose values challenge the norm with surreal and violent tales of a more urban focus. His contemporaries include Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson. O’Rowe won the IFTA Award for Best Screenplay for his first film, Intermission, in 2003. His film work since includes Perrier’s Bounty, an adaptation of Jonathan Trigell’s acclaimed novel Boy A, and Broken, which debuted at Cannes in 2012.

His work for the stage includes Howie the Rookie (1999), which won the George Devine Award, the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and the Irish Times/ESB Theatre Award. Howie the Rookie and his follow-up Crestfall are both, like Terminus, monologue plays, where the characters address the audience directly and never speak to one another. A self-professed fan of kung-fu movies and horror films, O’Rowe wants to push Irish theatre forward and examine contemporary life. He has what he describes as a laddish interest in violence and gore, but writes in a distinctively poetic style.

Oh, by the way, my name is Catherine Ballachey and I'll be taking over the blog posts for the next month or so. Becky moved on to Rumble and the search for a new General Manager is on! I'll be filling in until that person is found. You may remember me from my Administrative Intern and Outreach Coordinator days with Pi. I'm excited to be back!

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