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Fishamble: The New Play Company

(Republic of Ireland)

KING by Pat Kinevane

(2023 Bay Area Premiere)

Date(s) & Time(s):
Wed May 8 & Fri May 10, 8:00 PM,
Sat May 11, 3:30 PM

Duration: 80 mins w/out intermission
Location: 2868 Mission St, SF, CA, 94110
Venue: Mission Cultural Center

Co-Presenter: Irish Culture Bay Area
Post Show Reception: Wednesday
Post Show Artist Talk: Friday

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Early Bird: $20, Advance: $25, Door: $28
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Funding Credits: These performances were funded in part by Culture Ireland

Artist Information

Written & Performed by: Pat Kinevane
Director: Jim Culleton
Music: Denis Clohessy
Light Design: Pius McGrath
Choreographers: Kristina Chaloir and Julian Brigatti

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Pat Kinevane in King;

Production Details

KING tells the story of Luther, a man from County Cork in southern Ireland named in honour of his Granny Bee Baw’s hero, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Luther only leaves his apartment for essential journeys, and to perform as an Elvis impersonator. The play explores prejudice, privilege, and resilience, as Luther struggles to live life to the full.

Fishamble’s KING written by and starring Pat Kinevane opened in Ireland in 2023 and transferred to Dance Base as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it was nominated for the Mental Health Foundation award and named a Pick of the Fringe.

In KING insítear scéal Luther, fear as Corcaigh, a ainmníodh as laoch a Mhamó Bee Baw, Martin Luther King Jr. Tá Luther imníoch ach lán le diabhlaíocht, uaigneach ach lán le dóchas. Agus é ag ullmhú d’oíche mhór mar aithriseoir Elvis, tá sé ag machnamh ar an am atá thart agus ag aislingeacht faoina bhfuil i ndán dó… rómánsaíocht, b’fhéidir. Ní fada go dtiteann oíche Luther as a chéile agus tagann coimhlint aisteach chun cinn idir cuimhne agus dúil.

Fishamble and Pat Kinevane have previously collaborated on “Forgotten,” “Silent,” “Underneath” and “Before” which have won major international awards including Olivier, Fringe First, Herald Archangel, Adelaide Fringe, and Helen Hayes awards. Now, Fishamble and Pat Kinevane, under the direction of Jim Culleton, and with music by Denis Clohessy, return with this very special fifth solo play.

Fishamble discovers, develops and produces new plays of national importance with a global reach. It has toured its productions to audiences throughout Ireland, and to 20 other countries. It champions the role of the playwright, typically supporting over 50% of the writers of all new plays produced on the island of Ireland each year. Fishamble has received many awards in Ireland and internationally, including an Olivier Award.

Artist Biographies

Pat Kinevane (Playwright & Performer)
Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, television and radio for 33 years. ​In 2016 Pat won a Laurence Olivier Award in London for his Outstanding Achievement as an Actor and a Writer this year. This prestigious award was shared with Fishamble and Jim Culleton who have been integral to the Production and Direction of Pat’s four Solo Shows.  As a writer he completed his first full length play "The Nun’s Wood" in 1997 which won a BBC Stewart Parker Trust Award and was produced by Fishamble. Fishamble then produced his second play "The Plains of Enna" (Dublin Theatre Festival 1999). Pat wrote "The Death of Herod" for Mysteries 2000 at the SFX. In 2008 his piece "Evangeline Elsewhere" premiered in New York in the First Irish Festival.

Jim Culleton (Director)
Jim Culleton is the Artistic Director of Fishamble: The New Play Company, for which he has directed productions on tour throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. His productions for Fishamble have won Olivier, The Stage, Scotsman Fringe First, and Irish Times Best Director awards. Jim has directed for the Abbey, the Gaiety, the Belgrade, 7:84 Scotland, Project, Amharclann de hÍde, Tinderbox, Passion Machine, the Ark, Second Age, Dundee Rep, CoisCéim/Crash Ensemble/GIAF, Frontline Defenders, Amnesty International, Little Museum of Dublin, Fighting Words, Scripts Festival, and Baptiste Programme.  He has directed audio plays for Audible, BBC, RTÉ Radio 1, and RTÉ lyric fm.

Denis Clohessy (Composer)
Denis has previously worked with Fishamble, including the productions "The Treaty," "​On Blueberry Hill," "The Pride of Parnell Street," "Silent," "Underneath," "Spinning," "Mainstream" and "Strandline."  He has also produced work for theatre and dance with The Abbey Theatre, The Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, Corn Exchange, Junk Ensemble and many others. He won the Irish Times theatre award for Best Design Sound in 2011 for Rough Magic’s "Sodome, My Love." Denis has also composed extensively for film and television. 




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