Howie the Rookie tells a sur­real story on the stage

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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

Fin­tan Kelly as Howie Lee

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