Howie the Rookie

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As part of their nationwide tour James Power and his Stagemad Theatre Company Tramore bring a startlingly beautiful  version of “Howie The Rookie” by Mark O’ Rowe to The Presentation Centre,Enniscorthy on Friday 1st Sat 2nd Nov @8pm. Tickets €15.  In 2017 James directed the hugely successful sold out Buddy Holly Show at the Presentation Centre. James said recently in a press interview “I am excited to culminate our tour at the beautiful surroundings of Enniscorthy’s  Presentation Centre and warm welcome given theatre” James also said “It should be 2 wonderful nights of powerful theatre”

The play features Enniscorthy born Fintan Kelly, who is making his mark in the acting world. With appearances in Game Of Thrones and Krypton a new SFY series just started in the U.S. Fintan will also be seen in a new Virgin Media One series “Darklands” this autumn. Fintan is really looking forward to playing the part of Howie The Rookie in his hometown.

Howie The Rookie is Mark 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, Faulkner’s sense of language and even a sprinkling of murderously timed fart jokes.The play is a diptych that follows Howie (Kelly) on a night out cruising for vengeance, then the Rookie (bruises an all) as Howie’s victim, mate and witness. Not to be missed. A night of pure epic theatre is in store. Directed by James Power. Lighting by Andrew Dunphy and sound design by Enniscorthy’s Damien Smullen. Early booking strongly advised.

 “Fintan Kelly tames and controls the stage, in the hands of a lesser director Mark O Rowe’s writing would be nought”-Wexford People

“Stagemad Theatre Company’s production is relentless and powerful”- Waterford Today

 Mark O’Rowe’s extraordinary play drives you to the depths of humanity’s horror, then stops your stomach churning by demanding that you laugh” – The Irish Times.


It is, quite simply, Greek in its power of catharsis while piling laughter. Euripides would be proud to call Mark O’Rowe a brother in art” – Irish Independent

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