Fishamble´s KING by Pat Kinevane

KING tells the story of Luther, a man from Cork 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.

PICK OF THE FRINGE, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Nominated for the Mental Health Foundation award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Nominated Solo Performance at the OffFest Awards, 2024

“incredibly compelling and poignant narrative”  – Irish Times    “the stagecraft [is] unsurpassed…immaculate” – Sunday Independent

“impressive…moments of pure Kinevane gold” – The Arts Review     “virtuosic theatricality…excellent…inventive” – Irish Independent

Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork. He has worked as an actor in theater, 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.

Pat has been touring since 2006 with his four solo pieces Forgotten (Irish Times Theatre Award Nominee), Silent (Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel and Brighton Argus Angel Award), Underneath (Scotsman Fringe First and Adelaide Fringe Awards) and Before (Herald Archangel Award winner) all produced by Fishamble.
Photo: Maurice Gunning | Main Image: Leo Byrne, Publicis
  • Tues, June 4, 2024 | 8pmMain Stage

Written & Performed by Pat Kinevane

Directed by: Jim Culleton | Composer and Sound Designer: Denis Clohessy | Lighting Designer: Pius McGrath | Stylist: Catherine Condell | Make Up: Zoe Clark | Dramaturg: Gavin Kostick | Choreographer: Kristina Chaloir and Julian Brigatti | Voice of Tango Instructor: José Miguel Jimenez | Producer: Eva Scanlan for Fishamble, Dublin | Associate Producer: Cally Shine | Image: by Leo Byrne & Publicis | Graphic Design: Publicis

This production was developed with the support of Nasc Network Commission and Georganne Aldrich Heller.

Running time: 75 minutes

KING originally premiered in 2023 at the Belltable in Limerick.

KING is part of ZEITGEIST IRLAND 24, an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Germany.