‘’Has no one a skitter o’ dignity left?’
Written and performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Produced by Orla Flanagan & Marketa Puzman
First performed as part of the Bealtaine Festival in May 2006.
In 2009, Forgotten was presented at 11 venues around Ireland, as well as special showcase presentation in New York, and as part of the Lókal International Theatre Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Forgotten was presented at Shetler Studios, New York; St Mary’s Theatre, Cork; Siamsa Tíre, Tralee; the Civic Theatre, Tallaght; Colaiste Choilm, Cork; St Louis High School, as part of the Ranelagh Arts Festival; Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo; Holy Trinity Hall and Balor Arts Centre, Donegal, as part of the Earragail Arts Festival; the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge; DanceHouse, Dublin; the Lókal International Theatre Festival, Iceland, and a special benefit performance at the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, in aid of the Irish Seal Sanctuary.
Nominated for Special Judges’ Award, The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2007
This boutique performance by the award-winning Fishamble: The New Play Company has been a major hit on tour in Ireland and internationally, with more than 85 performances since it was first presented as part of Bealtaine Festival in 2006. Forgotten has been performed in 7 countries around the world and 15 counties in Ireland. For a full list of venues where Forgotten has been performed, click here.
Forgotten is a solo piece of theatre which reveals the interconnecting stories of four elderly people, living in retirement homes and care facilities around Ireland, who range in age from 80 to 100 years old. 1943 was a curious year for this quartet – their lives have never been the same since…
It is, at times, challengingly dark and, at other times, startlingly hilarious. Forgotten is presented in a fusion of European and Japanese Kabuki theatrical styles.
Pat Kinevane’s previous plays for Fishamble include The Nun’s Wood and The Plains of Enna. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, radio and television for the past seventeen years. Credits include Black Day at Blackrock, A Mother’s Love’s A Blessing, King Arthur, Ballykissangel, I Keano and The Late Late Show Murder Mystery.
‘***** Kinevane is a powerful force… this is an unequivocally beautiful piece’ The Scotsman
‘a piece of theatre not easily forgotten…a performance of rare authority and completeness’ The Sunday Tribune
‘astonishingly realised…a consummate act of storytelling…a striking accomplishment; captivating, moving, and -yes- even unforgettable.’ The Irish Times
‘an indelible solo performance…one of the most unexpectedly witty and dramatically rewarding works of the theater you are likely to attend this year…the sorrows of ageing and the mystery of the heart are movingly captured by this slow and deliberate performance style, kicking the play into an unlikely artistic high gear.’ Irish Voice (New York)
“Never underestimate the substance, the complexity, of a long life. ‘Forgotten,’ Pat Kinevane’s one-man show at the Irish Arts Center, gracefully illustrates that point with mimickry, invention and formidable stamina. Well paced and poignant. Mr. Kinevane artfully conveys the secrets, the hidden past, of the aged, and the dignity often behind their quaint, seemingly innocuous bearing.” The New York Times
“… the monologues are beautifully written and vivid, what makes this show uniquely memorable is Kinevane’s raw, over-the-top, compassionate performance…” The New Yorker