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Howie the Rookie
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Howie the Rookie

Mark O’Rowe
 
A white-knuckle ride through a nightmare Dublin, where enemies and allies are interchangeable.

First we meet Howie. He tells us how, one night, he gets caught up in a gang intent on beating up Rookie. He's supposed to be baby-sitting his five-year-old brother, but he goes just the same. They beat up Rookie. Howie returns to discover a horrible accident has happened to the little boy... Then we hear the story from Rookie's point of view... 

Awards
  • The George Devine Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

Review
The humour and the horror of what turns out to be a cleverly crafted interlocking narrative grabs you by the collar and head-butts you into submission - Sunday Times

Cast : 2M
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-422-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Made In China
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Made In China

Mark O’Rowe
 
From the award-winning writer of  Howie the Rookie comes this blackly comic drama set in a crazed, completely re-imagined Dublin underworld, full of martial arts, rogue cops and savage low-lifes.

Paddy's weapons of choice are baseball bats and fists. Kilby (who imagines himself as something of an artist) prefers the skill of karate, which he practises on Hughie – who just wants to break the pins of the guy who put the one-legged palmist in hospital... A dreadful accident sets in motion a violent tug-of-war between two criminal footsoldiers over the loyalty of the third. Self-loathing, guilt and loneliness emerge in this frenzied narrative, culminating in a blistering battle for survival. 

Review
this is pure, exhilaratingly irresponsible theatre -  Guardian


Cast : 3M
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-627-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
O'Rowe: Plays One
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O'Rowe: Plays One

From Both Hips / Aspidistra Code, The / Howie the Rookie / Made in China / Crestfall

Mark O’Rowe
 
Winning the George Devine Award in 1999 for Howie the Rookie marked Mark O'Rowe as one to watch.  In the 12 years since the Irish dramatist has more than lived up to expectations, electrifying audiences with his distinctive dramatic style and verve for dangerous and dark storytelling.

From Both Hips (1997)
A gripping drama about revenge and absolution

A sinister but comic drama of honour and violence

Howie the Rookie (1999) 
Takes us on a white-knuckle ride through a nightmare Dublin, where enemies and allies are interchangeable

A blackly comic drama set in a crazed, completely re-imagined Dublin underworld, full of martial arts, rogue cops and savage low-lifes

Crestfall (2003) 
Three women tell tales from a place caught between nightmares and waking; a savage quarter so dark that all but the tiniest glimmer of light has been extinguished. Almost.


Cast : From Both Hips - 2M, 4F / The Aspidistra Code - 5M, 1F / Howie the Rookie - 2M / Made in China - 3M / Crestfall - 3F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-160-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Terminus
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Terminus

Mark O’Rowe
 
A woman tells of a night out which ends with her drunkenly climbing a crane. She falls but is caught by a passing demon and taken on a breathless airborne tour of Dublin. He explains that he is the homeless soul of a man who has made a pact with the Devil. This extravagant tale, interspersed with two others, builds to create a story that is both utterly surreal and utterly compelling.

Terminus is a tour de force; a febrile, demonic fantasy that sweeps the audience along on a helter-skelter ride made up of the wildest parts of the imagination, our greatest hopes, and our darkest fears. Hold on tight, as the ordinary turns extraordinary in this vivid, exhilarating and unforgettable play.

Review
Hilarious, stunning, surprisingly touching and enormously satisfying... a fantastic piece of writing  -  Irish Times



Cast : 1M, 2F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-174-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB