Stagemad theatre company presents

HOWIE THE ROOKIE

7th June at 8pm

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Stagemad Theatre Company Waterford bring  a startlingly beautiful  version of "Howie The Rookie" by Mark O' Rowe to Gorey Little Theatre, Wexford Friday June 7th@8pm. This acclaimed  piece seems written for its new star, Fintan Kelly.Mark O’Rowe’s hilarious, pimp-rollin’, blood-soaked text has Shakespeare’s interiority, Marlowe’s viciousness and a cowboy’s jangling gait; it’s got Joyce’s sense of place, Faulkner’s sense of language and even a sprinkling of murderously timed fart jokes.

The production features Fintan Kelly who can be seen in season 8 of Game Of Thrones.The play is a diptych that follows Howie (Kelly) on a night out cruising for vengeance, then the Rookie (bruises an all) as Howie’s victim, mate and witness. Andrew Dunphy's subtle lighting design gives the actor a clean stage in front of him, and the rest of the physical production is just Kelly controlling the stage.

 The Howie Lee is 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, as when The Rookie Lee worries over his fate. Mark O’Rowe’s language is distinct — in its ribaldry, its understatement, its metaphors and, especially, its exuberant, muscular descriptions of impossible battles. A night of pure, epic theatre is in store. 11th@8pm .Directed by James Power. Booking is open now. All tickets€15

 “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

“Mark O’Rowe’s extraordinary play drives you to the depths of humanity’s 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 O’Rowe a brother in art” – Irish Independent


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Blithe Spirit

by Noel Coward

presented by Gorey Little Theatre

A hilarious comedy for the entire family.

Every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of July at 8pm in Gorey Little Theatre

Tickets €13

The Cast is as follows:

Charles- Padraig D'arcy, Elvira- Sarah Heneghan, Ruth- Kate Deveraux, Madam Artcati- Jacqui Whelan, Edith- Paula Acton, Dr Bradman- George Percival, Mrs Bradman- Thelma Rath

 Synopsis: The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed, “passes over,” joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.


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Don’t Dress for Dinner

by Marc Camoletti

Directed by Stephen Acton

presented by Gorey Little Theatre

A hilarious comedy for the entire family.

Every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of August at 8pm in Gorey Little Theatre

Tickets €13

The Cast is as follows:

Bernard-Stephen Rooney, Robert-Daniel Codd, Jacqueline - Fauve Byrne, Suzanne- Ciara Spellman, Suzette- Mandy Sheil, George- John Redmond

Synopsis: Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well.... suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone's alibi gets confused with everyone else's. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

This boulevard comedy was a smash hit in Paris, where it played for over two years, and in London, where it ran for six years at the Apollo and Duchess Theatres. It has since played in theatres all over the USA and the English speaking world and was revived in Chicago and on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in 2012. This production was nominated for two Tony awards.