Howie the Rookie

by Mark O’Rowe

‘Blood, guts and poetic words on the mean streets of Dublin.’

Howie the Rookie, Mark O’Rowe’s award winning play, is a nightmare odyssey which follows rivals, Howie-Lee, a man on the edge and his name-sake, Rookie-Lee on a white-knuckle no-holds-barred ride through the violent streets of working class Dublin; a place where enemies are interchangeable and the most brutal events take on a mythical significance.

In this tale of two halves, we meet unforgettable characters from Ladyboy, the psychotic thug hell-bent on avenging the deaths of his Siamese fighting fish, to the monstrous, belching Avalanche, looking for love from her bar stool. Set in a landscape of feverish drinking, casual sex and visceral violence Howie The Rookie is rich in comedy and deeply poetic: “O’Rowe’s hilarious, pimp-rollin’, blood-soaked text has Shakespeare’s interiority, Marlowe’s Viciousness and a cowboy’s jangling gait; it’s got Joyce’s sense of place and Faulkner’s sense of language” (Time Out Magazine – New York).

This rollercoaster, adrenaline-fuelled journey into Dublin’s underworld is an electrifying tale that will out-do the bloodiest of Jacobean tragedies and leave you shocked, stunned and thirsting for more!

Dates: Tues 10th, Wed 11th and Fri 13th October
Performance Time: 8.00 pm
Length of show: 1.5 hours
Tickets: £10.00

Venue: Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN

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Box Office: 01392 271808


Warning: Contains graphic language that may offend!