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Mark finds new treasures as he revisits Howie the Rookie

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Arts Week with Judy Murphy – judymurphy@ctribune.ie

A new production of Mark O’Rowe’s hit play, Howie the Rookie, starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, and directed by the author is proving to be one of the advance hits of this year’s Arts Festival.

It’s playing at An Taibhdhearc following a successful run in Dublin’s Project Arts Centre, where it opened last month. Mark O’Rowe is relieved at the response.

“You are going back to revisit it and you just hope it will stand up, he says about the piece, which premiered in 1999 at London’s Bush Theatre.

The reviews of the current production are indicating that it has stood the test of time. In fact some reviewers say it seems more relevant in ways now than it did at the height of the Celtic Tiger.

The brutal and darkly funny play, set in working-class Dublin, centres on two men who share the same surname and who never meet.

Howie Lee sets out to get revenge on Rookie Lee on the basis that Rookie inflicted scabies on Howie’s friends. That leads to a rollercoaster ride through Dublin’s dark side, where the audience encounters, among other sundry characters, a gangland thug and a ladyboy. 

This production is from Landmark Theatre Company, which co-produced the 2011 Arts Festival Hit, Misterman. Anne Clarke, who runs Landmark, approached Mark about the possibility of reviving it, with him as director – a job he had in 1999. As it happened, Mark was happy with Mike Bradwell’s original direction, but he felt the time was right for a new production and so this was a tempting offer – although one that required him to rethink the play.

“When I was offered the chance to direct it, I knew I’d have to come at it in a different way – otherwise it would be the second-best version,” he says. 

The actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (now best known as Nidge in Love/Hate) was mentioned for a role and that gave Mark the idea to have him play both characters, Howie and the Rookie.

“He’s an amazing actor,” says Mark, who realised that having Tom play both men would give the play a new dimension and make his work as director more interesting.

“I saw him in Saved at the Abbey and then after Love/Hate, I knew he was capable of so much as an actor that if I just gave him one of the characters it would be too easy for him. He’s a nuclear weapon in terms of acting!”

As director, the casting decision lay with Mark.

“As a director you get to call the shots. The first time [in the Bush] I was there all the time making notes, so you do have power, but you also have to let the directors and actors get on with it.”

Back then, Mark wanted to protect the play. “I knew it would be hard to figure out in terms of directing and I wasn’t even sure what I had written.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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TG4 to broadcast Sina’s lockdown Town Hall gig

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German-born Sina moved to Ireland in 2015 to pursue her musical dream.

A concert by German born, Irish-based singer-songwriter Sina Theil, which was recorded at the Town Hall Theatre in December 2020, during lockdown will be broadcast by TG4 this Saturday night, February 4.

This energetic and hardworking artist is currently touring Ireland as special guest with rising folk singer Dan McCabe.

She has previously been named Hottest Act in Irish Country Music (female), won Song of the Year at the Hot Country TV Awards and the Rising Star of the Year 2022 Award at the American Celtic Listener Supported Music Awards. She’s also had 17 number one singles in the Irish Country charts and a number one in the mainstream Irish charts with her latest self-penned song.

Sina relocated to Ireland in 2015 on her own in what she calls “an act of blind faith” to pursue her dream of making music. She knew nobody here as she began funding her musical education by busking on the streets of Dublin, sometimes making just enough in the morning to cover bills that had to be paid in the afternoon.

Sina’s independently released album, Live at THT Galway, for which she crowdfunded more than €16,000 with the help of her loyal online following (50,000+), reached number three in the mainstream Irish charts and songs have had thousands of plays on Irish radio.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stories, drama and improv at Moth and Butterfly Festival

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The Moth & Butterfly International Festival of Storytelling & Improvisation will take place in Galway City, County and online from this Friday to Saturday, February 3-5.

Events will include improvisational theatre events, children’s storytime, a virtual global story chain, a music workshop and an audio experience in Connemara, according to Artistic Director Órla Mc Govern.

The Moth & Butterfly group have been running monthly events in Galway for 12 years, as well as collaborating with festivals and events globally. Following two successful digital and hybrid festivals in 2021 and 2022, theyre now bringing their first fully live festival to Galway and beyond.  It has a wide range of events for all ages, many free or via donation.

Land of Stories will run from this Friday to Sunday at locations in Connemara and online. In this selection of recorded stories and conversations, local artists discuss their practice and connection to the landscape. It involves recordings being ‘placed’ in various places, using location-based software, so the stories are activated by being in a specific area. Remote access is available via an online map, for those who can’t travel.

At 11.30am this Friday, storytellers Catherine Brophy and Máirín Mhic Lochlainn will be at Galway City Library to present a free, bilingual event, Stories For Children / Scéalta do Pháistí.  At 3pm Tales of Mischief and Magic will be at Oranmore Library, when Antrim storyteller Liz Weir will lead participants on an interactive journey through the imagination. It’s for ages 6+ and is free.

At 8pm, Parenthetical, an improvised theatrical performance with The Jess’ss’ss will be in the city’s Blue Teapot Theatre, Munster Avenue, for audiences of 18+. It’s based on the theme of ‘Parent’.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Artist Gertrude in flying form at Kenny Gallery

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A collection of 40 original paintings and graphics by renowned German artist Gertrude Degenhardt, will open at The Kenny Gallery in the city’s Liosbán Retail Park on Saturday, February 11th at 3pm.

The show, Flying Melodies, features new and retrospective works and is described by the gallery as something of a Greatest Hits, featuring many images which will be well-known to her Irish fans.

Gertrude Degenhardt, who is one of Germany’s leading painters and graphic artists, first came to Ireland in the early 1970s when she was commissioned to prepare illustrations for a German edition of a book of short stories by Liam O’Flaherty.

She has produced several exhibitions for the Kenny Gallery over the years, including Women in Music –  a series of 70 images of female musicians – Vagabondage, Passes By, Paradise Lost, Dancing Couples and It’s About Time.

Degenhardt, who was born in 1940, is a keen observer of people. Song and wine feature frequently in her distinctive work, as do revolution, vagabonds, dance, musicians, Ireland and her late husband, Martin.

Flying Melodies will be officially opened by renowned fiddle player Frankie Gavin at 3pm on Saturday, February 11, at The Kenny Gallery, Liosbán Retail Park. All are welcome.

The exhibition will run daily from 9am-5pm, Monday to Saturday, until St Patrick’s Day in the gallery and online at www.thekennygallery.

 

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