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Mark O’Rowe: ‘I couldn’t sacrifice my children to become a great writer, I balanced the boat’

Mark O’Rowe: ‘I couldn’t sacrifice my children to become a great writer, I balanced the boat’

Ahead of his new play premiering next month, the dramatist and screenwriter talks about growing up in Tallaght when ‘there was nothing’ and walking the tightrope of being a great artist or a great parent.

Mark O’Rowe’s ‘Reunion’ is at the Black Box Theatre. Photo: Gerry Mooney

“A functional family must be dysfunctional to survive,” says Dublin playwright Mark O’Rowe. He talks about his new playMeeting which he also directs. It’s all about family dynamics.

‘Let’s say you’re my sister and you have some really annoying habits. I could call you out on all of these things, but then you might not be in my life anymore. So instead, I accept certain things and choose not to acknowledge them.