Howie The Rookie

BAM, New York
10–14 December 2014

The Barbican, London
19–29 November 2014

Olympia Theatre, Dublin
11–15 November 2014

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh
1–25 August 2013

An Taibhdhearc, Galway Arts Festival, Galway
22–27 July 2013

The Everyman Theatre, Cork
16–20 July 2013

Project Arts Centre, Dublin
13 June–13 July 2013

Howie The Rookie

written and directed by Mark O'RoweLandmark Productions

This adrenaline-fuelled ride into Dublin’s underworld narrated first by the Howie, then picked up by the Rookie, unfolds within a landscape of feverish drinking, casual sex and visceral violence. 

In this tale of two halves, we meet unforgettable characters from Ladyboy, the psychotic thug hellbent on avenging the deaths of his fighting fish, to monstrous Avalanche, looking for love from her bar stool.M ark O’Rowe’s electrifying, epic tale is a wild, urban odyssey through a nightmare landscape, hilarious and grotesque by turns.

Written and directed by Mark O’Rowe, Howie the Rookie is performed by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (‘Nidge’ in RTÉ’s Love/Hate) in an astounding solo performance, for which he was named Best Actor at the 2014 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. The production opened in 2013 to rave reviews and standing ovations every night. Nominated for Best Production, it also won Best Lighting Design for Sinéad McKenna.


The Howie Lee/The Rookie Lee Tom Vaughan-Lawlor


Writer and Director Mark O’RoweDesigner Paul WillsLighting Designer Sinéad McKennaSound Designer Philip Stewart


★★★★★ 'a startlingly beautiful one-man version that seems written for its new star'Time Out, New York
★★★★ 'riveting new production ... an epic one-man performance for Tom Vaughan-Lawlor'Irish Times
'acting of extraordinary quality. Mark O’Rowe directs, with equally devastating restraint.'Sunday Independent
★★★★ 'A masterclass in acting … a performance of astounding and exhilarating verve and skill.'Sunday Business Post