Howie the Rookie

Howie the Rookie, by Mark O’Rowe

It’s a fight for survival and a search for
meaning where enemies and allies are interchangeable.

First Howie, then The Rookie, recount, with
a generous splattering of black humour, one evening’s odyssey through Dublin’s
underworld. This adrenaline-fuelled ride unfolds in a landscape of feverish
drinking, casual sex and visceral violence.

In this tale of two halves, the actors play
multiple characters, from Ladyboy, the psychotic thug hellbent on avenging the
deaths of his fighting fish, to the monstrous Avalanche, looking for love from
her bar stool.

Howie the Rookie was first performed at the Bush Theatre, London, in February 1999.
It won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and the Rooney
Prize for Irish Literature. The original cast was Karl Shiels (The Rookie Lee)
and Aidan Kelly (The Howie Lee). The play was revived by Landmark Productions
in 2014 with Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Nidge from Love/Hate) playing both characters.

Contains strong language and depictions of
violence. Suitable for age 16 and over.

What they say about Howie the Rookie

“Grabs you by the collar and
head-butts you into submission.”-The Sunday Times

“Outstanding.” -The Telegraph

“A magnificent mix of violence and
poignancy.” -The Stage

“Startling… there are shades of
Homer’s Odyssey in the sweep of this telling, or of Joyce’s Ulysses in the
elevation of ordinary detail to heroic form.” -The Irish Times

“Mesmerising… funny, tragic,
shocking and disturbing in turn.” -The Scotsman


“[Has] the lip-smacking relish and the
whooping vulgarity of Behan, Joyce or Flann O’Brien.”

VENUE: Moat Theatre


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