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Howie The Rookie (Revived Emmanuel Dramatic Society)

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2016

Howie the Rookie Ed2016

Set in the suburbs of 1990s Dublin, Mark O’Rowe’s critically acclaimed ‘Howie the Rookie’ is a play of two intimate, affecting halves, and this summer it’s been brought to Edinburgh by students of Cambridge University. Actors Tom Taplin and Ed Limb tackle O’Rowe’s monologues to an incredibly high standard, simultaneously portraying both the powerful, violent energy and the intense depth of emotion written into O’Rowe’s poetic, unrelenting verse. An entirely bare stage means focus is solely on the performance, and what a performance it is! ‘Howie the Rookie’ tells a truly tragic tale; one of two young namesakes, with only their appetite for destruction in common, drawn into a world of violence.

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tw rating 4/5 | [Stephanie Gray]