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Howie the Rookie

written and directed by Mark O’Rowe

Assembly Hall, Rainy Hall, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Box Office 0131 623 3030.

will be at Rainy Hall, Assembly on the Mound, Edinburgh from Thursday 1 August to Sun 25 August 2013 (not 7,12,19). In this major new production of this explosive tale, Howie and Rookie are both now played by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. It is designed by Paul Wills with lighting by Sinéad McKenna sound by Philip Stewart and produced by Landmark Productions.

Howie The Rookie has played a sell out season at the Project Arts Centre Dublin, is currently at the Everyman Cork 15 – 20 July and the Galway Arts Festival 22 to 27 July. Tom Vaughan Lawlor can be seen as Nidge in RTE’s ‘Love/ Hate’ first series (4 weeks) on Channel 5 from Wed 24 July.

Howie the Rookie: 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 rumoured – three sets of teeth. Meet Mouse, Howie’s younger brother. Meet the Howie. Meet the Rookie.

Howie The Rookie was first performed in 1999 at the Bush Theatre where it received the George Devine Award. It is published by Nick Hern Books. It has been seen worldwide including two sell out seasons in New York. Mark O’Rowe’s screenplays include ‘Intermission’ 2003 with Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. In 2008 he won a Fringe First for his play ‘Terminus’ at The Traverse which he also directed, prior to an international tour. In 2008 he adapted Jonathan Trigell's novel, the multi- Award winning film ‘Boy A’, starring Andrew Garfield directed by John Crowley. He

wrote the screen adaptation of Daniel Clay’s novel ‘Broken’ directed by Rufus Norris with Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth released in March. He has been commissioned to write a new play for the Abbey Theatre.

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor’s recent stage roles include in ‘All My Sons’ with David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker; in ‘Juno The Paycock’ at the National Theatre with Sinéad Cusack and Ciaran Hinds, and in Howard Brenton’s ‘55 Days’ at Hampstead Theatre with Mark Gatiss. He has played numerous leading roles at the Abbey Theatre. He won the Irish Times Best Actor Award in 2008 for his role as Arturo Ui in ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’. He received the IFTA Best Actor Award in a TV Series as Nidge in RTE’s ‘Love/ Hate’ earlier this year. The second series was transmitted by STV in January. This year Paul Wills has designed ‘Drum Belly’at the Abbey. He is the costume designer for ‘Barnum’ at the Chichester Festival Theatre. He designed the acclaimed revival of ‘My Fair Lady’ for Daniel Evans at Sheffield Crucible.

Landmark’s recent productions include Enda Walsh’s ‘Misterman’ with Cillian Murphy. This co-production with Galway Arts Festival was in New York prior to sell out audiences at the Lyttelton, National Theatre for six weeks in 2012. Landmark Productions are also presenting These Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan at the Rainy Hall, Assembly from 1 – 25 August at 11.00am.

Thurs 1 August to Sun 25 August, 2013 12.40 pm, (not 7th/12th/19th)
Tickets £13.00 peak; £12 conc; £12 preview and off-peak (£11 conc)
Running Time:1 hr 20mins

7 May 2013