Mark O’Rowe speaks to David Hennessy about Howie The Rookie in The Irish World ahead of performances at The Barbican in London.
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Landmark Productions is delighted to announce that, following its performances at the Barbican in London, Howie the Rookie, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, will be presented by BAM and Irish Arts Center as part the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2014 Next Wave Festival.
Introducing the season, Joseph V. Melillo, Executive Producer of BAM, said: “I am thrilled to be partnering with Irish Arts Center and showcasing the brilliant work of great Irish writers like James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Mark O’Rowe in thoroughly contemporary re-tellings, as part of our 2014 Next Wave Festival.”
With the support of Culture Ireland, Howie the Rookie will feature alongside the work of Pan Pan’s Embers and The Emergency Room/Galway International Arts Festival co-production of Olwen Fouere’s riverrun. BAM Next Wave also features the work of such world-class artists as Robert Wilson, Rupert Wainwright, the Berliner Ensemble, Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, Meredith Monk and Philip Glass.
Landmark Productions is delighted to announce that Howie the Rookie, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, will play at the Barbican in London.
The production will play for one week only at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin from 11 – 15 November, before transferring to the Barbican in London from 19 – 29 November, with a press night on Thursday 20 November 2014.
Mark O’Rowe, who not only wrote but also directed the award-winning production of his play Howie the Rookie, said: ‘Working with Tom Vaughan-Lawlor has been an absolute high point in my theatrical life, and so I am thrilled beyond belief that audiences both in Dublin and London are going to have another opportunity to see his astonishing performance in Howie the Rookie.’
Howie the Rookie is part of the Barbican’s ‘bold programme of new theatre and daring adaptations from around the globe’, including productions from Irina Brook from France, Thomas Ostermeier from Germany and Dmitry Krymov from Russia. The season also includes Gregory Doran’s productions for the RSC of Henry IV Parts I and II, starring Antony Sher and Jasper Britton, as well as an eagerly-anticipated new production of Hamlet, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role.
Landmark Productions is thrilled to announce that its 2013 production of Howie the Rookie has won two Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Nidge in RTÉ’s Love/Hate and a previous award-winner for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Abbey Theatre) won Best Actor for his “tour-de-force” performance as both the Howie and the Rookie Lee; and Sinead McKenna won for Best Lighting Design.
The “stunning, riveting” production which received 5 stars from a number of leading publications was also nominated for Best Production in 2013. The awards mark the 10th time that the company – which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary – has won for its work.
Accepting his award, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor thanked the creative and production teams but paid particular gratitude to playwright Mark O’Rowe, and dedicated the award to his wife, the actress Claire Cox.
Speaking after the awards, founder of Landmark Productions Anne Clarke said: “I am thrilled that Tom’s astonishing performance and Sinead’s stunning lighting have been recognized, and look forward to their continued success as the play continues to tour.”
“Performance of the year. Production of the year.” RTÉ, Arena
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Read Fintan O’Toole on Tom Vaughan-Lawlor’s ‘stunning performance‘ in Howie the Rookie, written by the ‘blazingly talented‘ Mark O’Rowe in the Irish Times.
“O’Rowe’s revisiting of his breakthrough play after 14 years – he directs Tom Vaughan-Lawlor’s stunning performance for the Landmark production – is fascinating because it looks back, not in anger, but with tenderness.”
Read five-star review by Brendan O’Rourke in Entertainment.ie here.
“The one man show – a daunting prospect for both audience and actor alike. A sole figure must fill the stage and hold an audience with their story resulting in an experience, which can land on opposite sides of the spectrum from sheer brilliance to painful to watch. This Landmark Production of Howie the Rookie has an added weight thrown into the balance.”