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Howie the Rookie is the Hot Ticket of the Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh Evening News‘ Liam Rudden has picked Howie the Rookie as his Hot Ticket for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe!

If you see one play in August, make it this one. A masterclass in storytelling from Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (soon to be seen as Nidge in the award-winning Irish TV drama Love Hate on Channel 5), Howie the Rookie is laugh-out-loud funny, shocking and heartbreaking in equal measure. Visceral, violent and vulnerable, this one-man tour de force from Vaughan-Lawlor is sure to sell-out. Book now.

Assembly Hall, The Mound, 1-25 August, 12.40pm

Mark O’Rowe interviewed in the Sunday Business Post

Ahead of opening night at Project Arts Centre tonight – playwright Mark O’Rowe is interviewed by Joanne Hayden in the Sunday Business Post.

See the article here! Mark O’Rowe Sunday Buisness Post 16 June

Photo by Maura Hickey

Tom Vaughan Lawlor: From criminal kingpin to a rookie on his own

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is going back to his criminal roots for ‘Howie the Rookie’, but this solo show is a world away from Nidge and his crew in ‘Love/Hate’

Read Sara Keating’s feature with Tom Vaughan-Lawlor from The Irish Times here. Read more

Mark O’Rowe and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor interviewed on

Caomhan Keane speaks to writer Mark O’Rowe and actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

Howie tells a story. Then Rookie takes it up. It’s a white-knuckle ride – a wild, urban odyssey through a nightmare landscape, hilarious and grotesque by turns. Meet the enormous Avalanche, monstrous on the bar stool in her white ski pants. Meet Ladyboy, a dangerous gangland thug with Siamese fighting fish and – it is rumored – three sets of teeth. Meet Mouse, Howie’s younger brother. Meet the Howie. Meet the Rookie.

Springing from the same pen as Intermission and starring Nidge from Love/HateHowie the Rookie is the latest theatrical blockbuster from Landmark Productions (Misterman,TestamentBetween Blackrock and a Hard Place).

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Howie the Rookie Starts Rehearsal



A great start to the week as Howie the Rookie began rehearsal.

You can read all about it and see more pictures on Broadsheet and The Independent.

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor on the John Murray Show

Take a listen to Howie the Rookie star, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, chatting to Miriam O’Callaghan on the John Murray Show 08/05/2013.

Speaking about his role as Nidge on Love/Hate and playing both parts in the upcoming production of Howie the Rookie at Project Arts Centre.

Stage Struck: Man down

By Peter Crawley in The Irish Times

When a two-person play becomes a one-man show, what are the benefits of theatrical downsizing?

A few days ago in Dublin, an actor lost his job. That might not count as major news, but for the operation in question it represented a 50 per cent reduction in its floor staff. Another industry might call this “downsizing”. Here, though, a two-hander show had simply been “reimagined” as a solo run.

The play is Mark O’Rowe’s Howie the Rookie , two successive monologues written for two actors. In Landmark’s forthcoming staging, both parts will be played by TomVaughan Lawlor , whose performance as a gangster in the Abbey ’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui proved him one of the most extraordinary of his generation, and whose performance as a gangster in RTÉ ’s Love/Hate also made him one of the most recognisable. Who wouldn’t want to see more of him?

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