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HOWIE THE ROOKIE written and directed by Mark O’Rowe
Starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

This theatrical tour-de-force returned for a limited run from November 11 – December 14, 2014 when it played Dublin’s Olympia Theatre; the hugely prestigious Barbican in London, and BAM’s NEXT WAVE festival in New York. 

Written and directed by Mark O’Rowe, and produced by Landmark Productions, Howie the Rookie is performed by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (‘Nidge’ in RTÉ’s Love/Hate) in an astounding solo performance, for which he was named Best Actor at the 2014 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The production opened in 2013 to rave reviews and standing ovations every night. Nominated for Best Production, it also won Best Lighting Design for Sinéad McKenna.

This adrenaline-fuelled ride into Dublin’s underworld narrated first by the Howie, then picked up by the Rookie, unfolds within a landscape of feverish drinking, casual sex and visceral violence.  In this tale of two halves, we meet unforgettable characters from Ladyboy, the psychotic thug hellbent on avenging the deaths of his fighting fish, to monstrous Avalanche, looking for love from her bar stool.


NEW YORK | BAM | December 10 – 14
LONDON | Barbican | November 19 – 29
DUBLIN |The Olympia Theatre | November 11 – 15

★★★★★ Time Out (New York)  ★★★★★  ★★★★★ Metro Herald

★★★★ The Irish Times            ★★★★ The Sunday Business Post

★★★★ The Herald                    ★★★★ The Irish Mail on Sunday