Love/Hate’s Nidge to star in Galway Arts Festival

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who plays Nidge in the acclaimed Irish TV series Love/Hate, will star in the play Howie the Rookie at this summer’s Galway Arts Festival.

Howie the Rookie, written and directed by Mark O’Rowe and produced by Landmark Productions, will run at An Taibhdhearc from July 22 to 27. Although first staged in 1999, this new staging has been reimagined by Mark O’Rowe for one actor.

The role will be taken by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, who was recently awarded Best Actor in a TV Series for Love/Hate at the IFTA’s. He has also made his mark on stage, having won The Irish Times Best Actor award for his role in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

As well as Howie the Rookie, Mark O’Rowe also scripted the film Intermission, which starred Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. He wrote a screen adaptation of Daniel Clay’s novel Broken, which was directed by Rufus Norris and starred Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth.

In 2011 Galway Arts Festival and Landmark Productions co-produced the internationally acclaimed Misterman, starring Cillian Murphy and directed by Enda Walsh.

Howie the Rookie is a white-knuckle ride through a nightmare landscape, featuring bleak, vivid, violent nights, shot through with moments of unexpected tenderness. The New York Times called it “one of those rare, shiver-making instances in which language seems to become truly physical”; while The Telegraph called it “Irish lyricism as you’ve never heard it before...electrifying”.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday May 8 at


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