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Fishamble: The New Play Company presents


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Written and performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Sound Design & Composition by Denis Clohessy
Costume Stylist Catherine Condell
Choreography Adviser Emma O’Kane
Dramaturg Gavin Kostick
Produced by Eva Scanlan

SILENT is the touching and challenging story of homeless McGoldrig, who once had splendid things. But he has lost it all - including his mind. He now dives into the wonderful wounds of his past through the romantic world of Rudolph Valentino. As Fishamble celebrates 11 years of this Olivier Award-winning play, dare to laugh at despair and gasp at redemption in this brave, bleak, beautiful production.

‘passionate...stunning...carefully wrought artist of the theatre.’
CRITICS’ PICK Ben Brantley, New York Times

‘writing and a performance of unflagging and effortless panache that grabs your heart and squeezes tightly.’ ★★★★ Lyn Gardner, Guardian

Playscripts for sale at a cost of 5 euro in the venue
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“Hopeless, helpless, in-the-way person”

WINNER: Outstanding Performer – Visiting Production, Helen Hayes Award 2020
WINNER: Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, Olivier Award 2016
WINNER: Argus Angel Award, Brighton Festival 2012
WINNER: Fringe First and Herald Angel, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011

Fishamble is an Irish theatre company that is passionate about discovering, developing and producing new plays of national importance with a global reach, while championing the role of the playwright.

Fishamble is funded by the Arts Council, Dublin City Council, and Culture Ireland. #FishambleSilent #Fishamble


passionate one-man show…Mr. Kinevane interprets Valentino’s highly theatrical screen presence to stunning effect…carefully wrought production…[he] doesn’t just demand [the audience’s] attention, he commands it. And that difference is what makes Mr. Kinevane an artist of the theater.’ Ben Brantley, The New York Times

‘This is virtuoso writing and performing: rich and loamy, hard as granite and reveling in surprising juxtapositions and cheeky, heartbreaking jokes that make you wince…writing and a performance of unflagging and effortless panache that grabs your heart and squeezes tightly.’ ★★★★ Lyn Gardner, Guardian

‘Kinevane moves, in a striking performance under Jim Culleton’s effective direction, with the elegance of a dancer and the engaged poise of a boxer. It’s a startling combination…the caress of poetry and the disarming direct address of stand-up…a moving story, which, until its end, pulses with the erratic noise of life.’ Irish Times

‘a solo tour de force… The Irish actor spellbinds… Culleton and Kinevane forge a high theatricality... This is high-level acting, hand-in-hand with a shrewdly crafted portrait that you’ll find hard to shake off.’ The Washington Post

‘bawdily humorous and at times moving production…Kinevane moves around the stage with extraordinary grace.’ Irish Mail on Sunday

‘Fishamble, a theatre company known for its uptake of novel and challenging work…quite haunting and delivered by Kinevane in a fusion of dance and monologue that blend into a kind of theatrical extravaganza, engendering superb audience appreciation…Kinevane has an extremely acute, innate and intuitive sense of comedy that enable him to tightrope across the gross and heartbreaking circumstances of life, in jest without sacrificing the poignant sadness of a given predicament.’ Irish Theatre Magazine

‘a must-see if ever there was one’ ★★★★★ The List

‘unflinching, intensely physical performance...bristling with black humour’

★★★★ The Scotsman

‘fabulous dance of whirling words...a bravura outpouring of sorrow, anger, hurt and lacerating wit’. ★★★★★ The Herald

‘a brilliantly crafted demonstration of everything that is possible in live performance.’ ★★★★★ The Skinny

‘remarkable range of styles and devices…to be in that audience was to experience a rare synergy between performer and the performed-to’ Irish Independent

‘flawless performance…aches with life’ Evening Herald

‘dazzling theatricality’ The Guardian

‘terrific piece of theatre’ Reviews Off Broadway

‘beautiful, compelling, heartbreaker of a show’ Belfast Telegraph

‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ as reimagined by Madonna’ LA Times

‘engrossing from first to last…vital and entertaining…blarney that bubbles up from the gutter…mesmerising’ Sydney Morning Herald

90 minutes, no interval

Age Restriction 14+, some strong language. This performance includes flashing lights.