Mark O'Rowe

Playwright and writer for film and television
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Biography

Mark O'Rowe is a playwright and film writer whose second play, Howie the Rookie, won the George Devine Award when it premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1999. In 2007 he wrote Terminus, a series of interlocking monologues, which received rave reviews when it opened at Dublin's Abbey Theatre and won a Fringe First when it transferred to the Edinburgh Festival in 2008. In 2013 Mark directed a critically acclaimed new production of Howie the Rookie re-imagined for one actor, starring Tom Vaughn-Lawlor and produced by Landmark Productions.

In 2003, Mark wrote his first feature film, Intermission, which starred Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy and was a popular hit. He went on in 2008 to adapt Jonathan Trigell's novel, Boy A, for Cuba Pictures and Channel 4. Originally written for television, the film was picked up for theatrical release by the Weinstein Company after it won numerous awards, including a Broadcast Award for Best Single Drama, a Broadcasting Guild Award for Best Single Drama and four jury awards at Dinard British Film Festival, including the Golden Hitchcock (Dinard's top jury prize), which was awarded by a unanimous vote by the festival judges.  Mark's adaptation of Daniel Clay's 2008 novel Broken was directed by Rufus Norris (London Road) and stars Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth.  The film went on to open Cannes Critics' Week and won Best Independent Feature at the BIFAs in 2012.

Mark's new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic play, Hedda Gabler, opened at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in April 2015.

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Theatre

Writer

Director Annabelle Comyn
Starring
  • Catherine Walker
  • Jane Brennan
  • Peter Gaynor
  • Kate Stanley Brennan
  • Keith McErlean
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    New adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's play

    Abbey Theatre, Dublin
     
    Director Garry Hynes
    Starring
  • Aisling O'Sullivan
  • Marie Mullen
  • Eileen Walsh
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    Play following three interlinked women trapped between nightmares and waking

    The Gate, Dublin
     
    Director Gerard Stembridge
    Starring
  • Luke Griffin
  • Anthony Brophy
  • Andrew Connelly
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    Dark play set in a reimagined Dublin filled with martial arts, rogue cops and savage low-lifes

    Abbey Theatre, Dublin
     
    Howie the Rookie
    Winner: George Devine Award
    Director Mike Bradwell
    Starring
  • Aidan Kelly
  • Karl Shiels
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    Play following two young men across the underworld of Dublin
    Bush Theatre, London
     
    Director Jim Culleton
     

    Dark comedy about a man seeking revenge after he is accidentally shot by the Gardai

    Project Arts Centre, Dublin
     
     

    Play about a snuff director obsessed with a young girl's ankle, part of the Theatre of Cruelty Season

    Tallaght Theatre
     

    Writer & Director

    Our Few and Evil Days
    Nominated: Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Production and Best New Play
    Starring
  • Sinéad Cusack
  • Ciarán Hinds
  • Ian Lloyd Anderson
  • Charlie Murphy
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    Dark play about one family forced to confront the unspoken reality of their relationships

    Abbey Theatre, Dublin
     
    Producer Landmark Productions
    Starring
  • Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
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    Mark directs his classic play re-imagined for one actor
    Project Arts Centre, Dublin
     
    Terminus
    Winner: Fringe First Award
    Starring
  • Andrea Irvine
  • Aidan Kelly
  • Eileen Walsh
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    Original play for the Abbey Theatre weaving together three monologues across one night
    Abbey Theatre, Dublin
     

    Film

    Writer

    Broken
    Winner: Best Film, British Independent Film Awards
    Feature
    Producer Dixie Linder, Nick Marston & Tally Garner
    Starring
  • Rory Kinnear
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Tim Roth
  • Eloise Laurence
  • Robert Emms
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    The story of three families living in a suburb in southern England
    BBC Films
    Cuba Pictures
     
    Perrier's Bounty
    Nominated: Best Film and Best Writer, Irish Film and Television Awards
    Feature
    Producer Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley & Alan Moloney
    Starring
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Gabriel Byrne
  • Michael McElhatton
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    Film about Irish gangsters
    Parallel Films
    Number 9 Films
     
     

    Adaptation of Joseph O'Connor's novel set during the Irish famine

    Working Title
    In development
     
     
    Adaptation of the novel by Rowan Somerville
    Film 4
    Number 9 Films
    In development
     
    Boy A
    Winner: Best Single Drama, Broadcast Awards
    Feature
    Producer Lynn Horsford, Nick Marston and Tally Garner
    Director John Crowley
    Starring
  • Andrew Garfield
  • Peter Mullan
  • Siobhan Finneran
  • Katie Lyons
  • Jeremy Swift
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    Adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Trigell about a young man who is released from prison with a new identity
    Channel 4 & Weinstein Co
    Cuba Pictures
     
    Intermission
    Winner: Best Script, Irish Film and Television Awards
    Feature
    Producer Neil Jordan, Alan Moloney, Stephen Woolley
    Director John Crowley
    Starring
  • Colin Farrell
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Colm Meaney
  • Kelly Macdonald
  • David Wilmot
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    Black comedy about a young couple in Dublin
    Buena Vista & IPC
    Brown Sauce Film Productions
     

    Writer & Director

    Debris
    Short
    Producer Dixie Linder & Alan Maloney
    Starring
  • Declan Conlon
  • Joanne Crawford
  • Aisling O'Sullivan
  • Catherine Walker
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    Mark's directorial debut about a man forced to confront the past suicide of his girlfriend after encountering her sister on the street
    BBC Films & Irish Film Board
    Cuba Pictures & Parallel Films