“Drives you to the depths of humanity’s horror, then stops your stomach churning by demanding that you laugh’ The Irish Times
Following a hugely successful opening run in early April at National Opera House,Wexford. Stagemads production received rave reviews and standing ovations every night.
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.
The Howie Lee gets dragged into a bizarre feud of honour involving a scabies-infested mattress against the Rookie Lee, which 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.
Featuring Fintan Kelly who will be seen in season 8 of “Game Of Thrones” And “Krypton”, a new series starting soon on CBS.
Fintan Kelly tames, controls and masters the stage as his own. In the hands of a lesser director, Mark O’Rowe’s writing skills would be nought.” Wexford People(April 2019)