Mark
O'Rowe

Playwright and writer for film and television

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 2003, Mark wrote his first feature film, Intermission, which starred Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. He went on 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 unanimous vote by the festival judges.

Mark's adaptation of Daniel Clay's novel Broken was directed by Rufus Norris (London Road) and stars Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth. The film opened Cannes Critics' Week and won Best Independent Feature at the BIFAs in 2012.

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

In 2014, he wrote and directed Our Few and Evil Days at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. The play won both Best Actress and Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards.

In 2015, Mark adapted four of Shakespeare's History Plays (Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV part 2, and Henry V) for Druid Theatre Company, resulting in the epic (and hugely successful) Druid Shakespeare and, the following year he directed Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock at the Gate Theatre, Dublin.

In 2016, Mark wrote and directed the feature film, The Delinquent Season, and he has just showrun the television series, Temple for Hera Pictures/Sky Atlantic.

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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
  • Abbey Theatre, Dublin
    Producer Landmark Productions
    Starring
  • Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
  • Project Arts Centre, Dublin
    Terminus
    Winner: Fringe First Award
    Starring
  • Andrea Irvine
  • Aidan Kelly
  • Eileen Walsh
  • Abbey Theatre, Dublin
    Producer Landmark Productions
    Starring
  • Cathy Belton
  • Derbhle Crotty
  • Aisling O'Sullivan
  • Project Arts Centre, Dublin

    Writer 

    Director Annabelle Comyn
    Starring
  • Catherine Walker
  • Jane Brennan
  • Peter Gaynor
  • Kate Stanley Brennan
  • Keith McErlean
  • Abbey Theatre, Dublin
    Druid Shakespeare
    Winner: Best Production, Irish Times Theatre Award
    Director Garry Hynes
    Starring
  • Clare Barrett
  • Derbhle Crotty
  • Gavin Drea
  • Bosco Hogan
  • Garrett Lombard
  • Druid Theatre
    Director Garry Hynes
    Starring
  • Aisling O'Sullivan
  • Marie Mullen
  • Eileen Walsh
  • The Gate, Dublin
    Director Gerard Stembridge
    Starring
  • Luke Griffin
  • Anthony Brophy
  • Andrew Connelly
  • Abbey Theatre, Dublin
    Howie the Rookie
    Winner: George Devine Award
    Director Mike Bradwell
    Starring
  • Aidan Kelly
  • Karl Shiels
  • Bush Theatre, London
    Director Jim Culleton
    Project Arts Centre, Dublin

    Director 

    Writer Sean O'Casey
    Starring
  • Declan Conlon
  • Peter Coonan
  • Ingrid Craigie
  • Derbhle Crotty
  • Emmet Kirwan
  • Gate 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
  • 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
  • Parallel Films
    Number 9 Films
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • BBC Films & Irish Film Board
    Cuba Pictures & Parallel Films
    Starring
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Andrew Scott
  • Cuba Pictures & Parallel Film

    Television

    Writer 

    Director Lenny Abrahamson
    Starring
  • Daisy Edgar-Jones
  • Element Pictures for BBC 3 and Hulu
    Director Shariff Korver
    Starring
  • Mark Strong
  • Hera Pictures for Sky