Our Few and Evil Days

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784603380.00000002
Acts: 3. Scenes: 7. Roles: Male (3) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

Mark O'Rowe's Our Few and Evil Days is a play about a married couple whose apparently normal life conceals a dark secret. It was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on 3 October 2014 (previews from 26 September).

The play's action takes place in a 'large living room/kitchen' in a house belonging to a middle-aged couple, Michael and Margaret. They find themselves unexpectedly hosting their daughter Adele’s new boyfriend, Dennis, while Adele herself is attending to a crisis-stricken friend. As Dennis begins to take more than a polite interest in his hosts, secrets are hinted at. In the small hours, Dennis makes a confession to Margaret that crosses social and personal boundaries. As cracks open up in the bland surface of their lives, the play moves into the realm of the psychological thriller, building to a disclosure that changes our understanding of all that has gone before.

The Abbey Theatre premiere was directed by Mark O'Rowe and designed by Paul Wills (set), Paul Keogan (lighting) and Catherine Fay (costumes). It was performed by Ian-Lloyd Anderson as Gary, Sinéad Cusack as Margaret, Ciarán Hinds as Michael, Charlie Murphy as Adele and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Dennis.

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Nick Hern Books

Mark O'Rowe

ISBN: 9781848424463

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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