The Approach

The Approach

Past Performances

The Approach

24–31 January 2021

Project Arts Centre
Live Broadcasts

21 January 2021
23 January 2021
24 January 2021

Assembly Hall
Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2–26 August 2018


27 February–3 March 2018

Project Arts Centre

1–24 February 2018

The Approach

written and directed by Mark O'Rowe
starring Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O'Sullivan
Landmark Productions
in association with Project Arts Centre and St. Ann's Warehouse

Utterly riveting and engrossing, Mark O’Rowe’s ’60 minute jewel of a play’ (The Guardian) reveals a profound truth about relationships, and about our deep, abiding need to make sense of our world.

Three conversations draw us into the inner lives of Anna, Cora and Denise. What will they reveal to each other?  And what does each of them have to hide? 

The Approach is a play about being human, an exploration of betrayal, and an appeal to listen before it’s too late.

The live broadcasts of The Approach were presented in association with Project Arts Centre and St Ann’s Warehouse. These performances brought back to the stage ‘three of the finest performers of their generation’ (The Irish Times) – Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O’Sullivan – in what have been described as ‘breathtaking performances’ – ★★★★★ The Observer.

AUDIO DESCRIPTION: An audio description was available for this show here and a downloadable transcript is here. For patrons who are visually impaired, this Audio Described Introduction served as a spoken programme.


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These performances have been made possible by The Arts Council of Ireland. The international presentation at St Ann’s Warehouse in New York is supported by Culture Ireland.

Landmark Live is a new online streaming platform enabling the company to bring its remarkable productions to audiences in their homes wherever they may be. The Approach was the first production to be streamed. 

The Approach by Mark O’Rowe received its world premiere in Project Arts Centre, Dublin on February 6, 2018. It played at Assembly as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, supported by Culture Ireland GB18: Promoting Irish arts in Britain.


Cora Cathy BeltonDenise Derbhle CrottyAnna Aisling O’Sullivan


Writer and Director Mark O’RoweSet and Lighting Designer Sinéad McKennaCostume Designer Joan O’ClerySound Designer Philip Stewart


The Approach Programme

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★★★★ 'a 60 minute jewel of a play’The Guardian
'Even through our computer screens, a production on a real stage with acting this fine is balm for the soul.' The New York Times
‘The Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe doesn’t bring his work to New York often, but when he does, the seats catch fire … live from Dublin on your computer screen, it’s a superb performance of The Approach.'New York Magazine
★★★★ ‘of all the streamed productions I have seen in the past year, this one comes closest to capturing the focus and tension of live theatre’ The Guardian
★★★★★ ‘breathtaking performances … stunning study of everyday relationships' The Observer
'Three of the finest performers of their generation'The Irish Times
★★★★ 'brilliantly subtle and utterly engrossing'Sunday Business Post
'O'Rowe's quite simply stunning new play'Sunday Independent


Photographer: Patrick Redmond