Before by Pat Kinevane

From the team that brought you Forgotten, Underneath and the Olivier Award-winning Silent, Before is a new play with much music, set in Clerys of Dublin, on the very day this iconic department store shuts – for good.  Pontius is inside, trying to choose a gift for his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen for almost 20 years.  He will meet her in an hour.  This father’s journey is both beautiful and strange, from the isolation of his Midlands home, to the madness of O’Connell Street.  Some folk are impossible to buy for…

In 2006, Fishamble: The New Play Company produced Pat Kinevane’ first solo play, Forgotten and together they started a remarkable journey which would see them create an outstanding trilogy of work which has already been critically acclaimed both in Ireland and across the world. Forgotten was followed in 2011 by a second play, Silent (which won the team an Olivier award) and by Underneath in 2014, all three written and performed by Pat Kinevane and directed by Jim Culleton.

Before was commissioned by Fishamble and has been in development with the support of the Arts Council, National Theatre Studio (London), Pavilion Theatre, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and The Strollers Touring Network.

WINNER: HERALD ARCHANGEL AWARD, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

‘You fight back tears. Of course you do. It’s Kinevane – a rare and truly compelling talent’

★★★★★ The Herald, Scotland

‘..another profoundly affecting tour de force from Kinevane.’

★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

‘Kinevane’s performance works like a spell… a real showstopper’

★★★★ Irish Times

“extraordinary collaboration… soul-searching, achingly touching gem…’

★★★★ Sunday Times



  • 24 & 25 September
  • 8pm
  • €20