St John's goes Stagemad for Howie the Rookie

The Stagemad Theatre Company is bringing what's described as its 'startlingly beautiful' version of the Mark O'Rowe play 'Howie The Rookie' to St Johns on Friday, July 26, at 8pm.

Critics have raved about the Stagemad production of the play, in particular lead Fintan Kelly's magnetic performance as the eponymous Howie. Games of Thrones fans might recognise Kelly from the final season, incidentally.

"Mark O'Rowe's extraordinary play drives you to the depths of humanity's horror, then stops your stomach churning by demanding that you laugh," was what The Irish Times had to say on the matter.

The Irish Independent meanwhile found it suffused with the power of ancient Greek drama: "It is, quite simply, Greek in its power of catharsis while piling laughter. Euripides would be proud to call Mark O'Rowe a brother in art."

By turns hilarious and horrifying, it follows Howie on a night out 'cruising for vengeance' in the first half, with The Rookie the protagonist in the second part: being Howie's victim, mate and witness.

My Aunt Bee is the drama bill for this Friday night coming, July 19 in a new play by Seamus O'Rourke, meanwhile. "I've had some lovely aunts, that's until I met my aunt Bee for the first time. She's a hundred! A bossy Americanized vodka drinking maniac of a woman with far too much luggage. Why is she here?" The cast features Seamus O'Rourke and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and is directed by Laura Dowdall.