Terminus

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784600716.00000002
Roles: Male (1) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

In Mark O'Rowe's play Terminus, three people are ripped from their daily lives and catapulted into a fantastical world of singing serial killers, avenging angels and lovesick demons. The play was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on the Peacock Stage on 9 June 2007.

The play is written for three characters: A (female, forties), B (female, twenties) and C (male, thirties). They speak in intercutting and connected monologues, in a heightened prose style that incorporates rhythmical patterns and internal rhymes. Character A recounts her attempt to save a pupil from a backstreet abortion; B is rescued after falling from a crane by a supernatural force; and C has sold his soul to the devil for a beautiful singing voice. The city of Dublin, which acts as a backdrop to the action, emerges as a dark urban fantasy, simultaneously familiar but crawling with otherworldly creatures.

The Abbey Theatre production was directed by Mark O’Rowe and designed by Jon Bausor, with Olwen Fouéré as A, Catherine Walker as B and Declan Conlon as C.

The production transferred to the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2008 as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it was awarded a Fringe First.

The Abbey Theatre revived the production on tour in 2009 and again in 2011, when it toured internationally to America and Australia, including performances at the Young Vic, London, in April 2011.

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Nick Hern Books

Mark O'Rowe

ISBN: 9781848421745

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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