Tuesday 26 September 2017

Nidge swaps the mean streets for centre stage

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in ‘Howie the Rookie’, written and directed by Mark O’Rowe, at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in ‘Howie the Rookie’, written and directed by Mark O’Rowe, at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin
Robert Sheehan
‘Love/Hate’ co-stars Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gillen at the opening
Karl Shiels
Katherine Lynch
Domhnall Gleeson, Laurence Kinlan, Peter Coonan, Tighe Murphy
Dohmnall Gleeson, Laurence Kinlan
Dohmnall Gleeson
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Last night was the first showing of a new production of 'Howie the Rookie' by director and writer Mark O'Rowe.

It opened at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin with the lead roles re-imagined by O'Rowe with Vaughan-Lawlor specifically in mind.

The play consists of two "interlinked monologues" by main characters Howie Lee and Rookie Lee.

It has been billed as a "white-knuckle ride through a nightmare Dublin", where the most brutal events take on a mythic significance and black hilarity.

When the play first burst on to the stage in 1999 it took the theatrical world by storm. Following its success, O'Rowe wrote 'Intermission', which starred Colin Farrell.

The new 'Howie the Rookie' will play in Dublin until July 6 and will then tour to The Everyman, Cork, from July 16-20, and the Galway Arts Festival, from July 22-27.

Irish Independent

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