Stagemad Theatre Company bring a startlingly beautiful version of "Howie The Rookie" by Mark O' Rowe to Cork Arts Theatre,Friday May 24TH@8pm. Mark O' ORowes hilarious, pimp-rollin, blood-soaked text has Shakespeares interiority, Marlowes viciousness and a cowboys jangling gait.The play is a diptych that follows The Howie Lee (Kelly)He's a hooligan, good with his fists, bad with the ladies. Without preamble, he vaults into a story about crossing a field and spying a friend burning a mattress. Soon this friend draws him into an unlikely vendetta against the man, The Rookie Lee, who must have infested that mattress with scabies. Mark O Rowe's writing is lyrical and dirty and riotously imaginative.Listen closely and you will hear Joyce in the frequent neologisms skullduggerous, popsock, dollyness. Hints of his contemporaries Martin McDonagh in the wild, almost farcical violence, and Conor McPherson in the stealthy emphasis on moral choice and responsibility. A night of pure,epic theatre is in store. Early booking advised.
"Fintan Kelly tames, controls and masters the stage as his own. In the hands of a lesser director, Mark ORowes writing skills would be nought. Wexford People
"Mark ORowes extraordinary play drives you to the depths of humanitys 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 ORowe a brother in art Irish Independent