Friday 20 September 2019

Howie the Rookie tells a surreal story on stage

Fintan Kelly as Howie Lee
Fintan Kelly as Howie Lee

Arklow's Asgard Theatre will play host to the play, Howie the Rookie, on Friday, August 30 at 8 p.m.

A production by Stagemad Theatre Company, Howie the Rookie arrives in Arklow after a hugely successful run at the National Opera House in Wexford where it received standing ovations and rave reviews.

Written by Dublin playwright Mark O'Rowe, Hookie the Rookie is an award-winning play which has been staged many times since its debut in 1999.

The play follows the story of Howie Lee as he gets dragged into a bizarre feud of honour involving a scabies-infested mattress against the Rookie Lee. The conflict spirals out of control and ends in his own personal tragedy. The Rookie has problems of his own; massively in debt to a terrifying gangland figure for killing his prized Siamese fighting fish, he steels himself for a hideous revenge, until he is championed from an unlikely quarter by his onetime enemy. Howie The Rookie is a white-knuckle ride through a nightmare Dublin, where enemies and allies are interchangeable, where most brutal events take on mystic significance.

This highly charged production is described as at times funny and light-hearted, at other times surreal and sombre.

The play features Fintan Kelly who is best known for his performances in season eight of Game of Thrones and the CBS show, Krypton. He plays both Howie Lee and Rookie Lee in this one-man play.

Tickets cost €15 and are available now to buy on

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