UNDERNEATH by Pat Kinevane


Fishamble: The New Play Company presents


Fishamble's Underneath Sticks and stones didn’t break Her bones, but words and pointing crushed Her.

Is Beauty really only skin deep?

Does Ugliness hide somewhere deeper?

Following the runaway international success of Forgotten and Silent, Fishamble presents Pat Kinevane’s third solo play, Underneath, directed by Jim Culleton.

This stunning new play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface, and what lies underneath.


Creative Team

Writer and performer PAT KINEVANE
Choreography Adviser EMMA O’KANE
Graphic Design by PUBLICIS DUBLIN
Co-Producer (London, New York, Los Angeles) GEORGANNE ALDRICH HELLER
Produced by EVA SCANLAN

Upcoming Irish and International Touring 2017:

29th June: The Playhouse Theatre, Derry
1st July: Dundee Rep Theatre, Scotland
3rd July: Paisley Arts Centre, Scotland
13th July: Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo. See Silent and Forgotten Hawk’s Well Theatre on 18th May and 15th June, respectively

Press Reaction:

‘EXTRAORDINARY… sit back and enjoy.’ Ben Brantley, New York Times

‘BRLLIANT… striking…excellent…almost a masterpiece’  four starsIrish Times

‘CRITIC’S CHOICE… RIVETING… finely tuned direction… Psychological insight, compassion and darkly comic wit’ – Los Angeles Times

‘a charming and engaging ninety minutes…Kinevane is a virtuoso performer…a delightful experience.’ Irish Independent

‘skillfully crafted…fabulously choreographed…impeccable sound and lighting…visually exciting’ Sunday Times

‘intensely physical performance…(Kinevane’s) most powerful work yet…beautifully presented’ four starsSunday Business Post

‘extraordinary…stunning…ninety of the most perfect minutes you’ll spend’ five stars Scotsman

‘sheer brilliance of this tour de force’  five stars  The Skinny

‘Like Olivier’s legendary Hamlet, this is one of those rare performances that will be talked about for decades to come… exciting, hilarious, harrowing and heart breaking… A devastatingly brilliant piece of theatre.’  five stars  Examiner.com

‘MESMERIZING… guaranteed to open your eyes to your own life as well as the world around you.’ – Broadway World



PAT KINEVANE | Writer and Performer
Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, television and radio for 27 years. In 2016 Pat won a Laurence Olivier Award in London for his Outstanding Achievement as an Actor and a Writer this year. This prestigous award was shared with Fishamble and Jim Culleton who have been integral to the Production and Direction of Pat’s three 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 three solo pieces Forgotten (Irish Times Theatre Award Nominee) and Silent (Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel and Brighton Argus Angel Award) and Underneath (Scotsman Fringe First and Adelaide Fringe Awards) all produced by Fishamble. All three shows have been performed extensively throughout Ireland and in Paris, Prague, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Wales, Croatia, Serbia Iceland, Finland, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Washington DC, Boston, New York and Los Angeles. Pat is deeply thankful to Fishamble for all of their work and endless support.

Jim Culleton is the artistic director of Olivier Award-winning Fishamble: The New Play Company.  For Fishamble, he has directed Forgotten, Silent and Underneath by Pat Kinevane (Olivier, Fringe First, Herald Angel, Argus Angel and Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre awards, touring to over 60 Irish venues and 17 other countries).  Current and recent productions for Fishamble include Inside the GPO by Colin Murphy (staged in the GPO for Easter 2016), Invitation to a Journey (co-directed with David Bolger, a co-production with CoisCeim, Crash Ensemble and Galway International Arts Festival), Tiny Plays for Ireland and America (Kennedy Center, Washington DC, and Irish Arts Center, New York, for Ireland 100), Spinning by Deirdre Kinahan (Dublin Theatre Festival), Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly (The Stage and 1st Irish awards, touring in Ireland, UK, Europe, US, Australia), He has directed for the Abbey Theatre, and many companies in Ireland and internationally.  He most recently directed Bloomsday on Broadway for Symphony Space/Irish Arts Center in New York and Mainstream by Rosaleen McDonagh for Fishamble/Project Arts Centre.

Denis Clohessy has produced work for theatre and dance with The Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, Fishamble (including Pat Kinevane’s Olivier winning Silent), Rough Magic, Corn Exchange and many others. He won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Design Sound in 2011, was a nominee in 2015, he was an associate artist with the Abbey in 2008 and was a participant on Rough Magic’s ADVANCE programme in 2012. He has also composed extensively for Film and Television including Older than Ireland (Snack box Films), The Irish Pub (Atom Films), His and Hers (Venom Film), The Land of the Enlightened (Savage Film), The Reluctant Revolutionary (Underground Films) and the television series Limits of Liberty (South Wind Blows) performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra.

EMMA O’KANE | Choreography Advisor
Emma O’Kane is a freelance dancer and choreographer. This is her first time to work with Fishamble.  She has been a core member of CoisCeim Dance Theatre since 2001. Dance Europe voted Emma Outstanding Dancer Of The Year for her performance in CoisCeim’s production of FAUN. She was awarded Winner Best Female Actress for the ensemble cast of Her Mother’s Daughters, (a dance short part of RTE ‘s Dance On The Box). Emma has created choreography for dance, theatre and opera companies alike. Recent credits include The Chilean Trilogy (Prime Cut Productions), The Sleeping Queen (Wexford Festival Opera) Farm, CARE (Willfredd Theatre) Angel Meadow, Laundry, Basin (Anu Productions), Four Told (Project Arts Centre) Solo Collective, O Mio Babbino Caro, Casta Diva, Padam Padam and La Goulante du Pauvre Jean (CoisCéim Broadreach), The Seagull (NAYD), At Peace (Upstate Theatre), The Crock of Gold (Storytellers Theatre Company). Emma was Assistant Director on A Midsummer Nights Dream for Opera Ireland’s Winter Season 2008 and Macbecks (Long Road Productions). In 2010, Emma and Muirne Bloomer created and performed The Ballet Ruse supported by The Arts Council (Dance Project Award, Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme). It was part of the Culture Ireland Showcase in Edinburgh 2011 and nominated for Best Production at The Dublin Fringe Festival 2010 and shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Catherine recently worked on Silent by Pat Kinevane for Fishamble: The New Play Company, and Payback! by Maria McDermottroe and Marion O’Dwyer as part of Show in a Bag.  Catherine has worked in the fashion industry for 35 years, initially as a display artist and then as fashion stylist and fashion show producer. She worked for the Brown Thomas group for over 20 years and produced the Supermodel Shows in 1996, 2000 & 2003. She has worked with Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Helena Christensen, Yasmin Le Bon, Eva Herzigova and Erin O’Connor.

GEORGANNE ALDRICH HELLER | Co-Producer for presentations at Irish Arts Center (New York), Soho theatre (London) and the Odyssey Theatre (Los Angeles)
Georganne Aldrich Heller is the president of Irish Theatre & Film Production. The company is a not for profit and completely devoted to presenting the work of Irish playwrights in New York, London and Dublin. She recently received a proclamation from the Irish Consul General of New York for her outstanding contributions to Irish Theater in the US and internationally. Recent credits include the US premiere of Underneath by Pat Kinevane. The US premiere of Caged by Dermot Davis. The UK premiere of Pat Kinevane’s Silent at Soho Theatre in London which recently won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theater. Mark O’ Rowe’s Howie The Rookie at BAM. NY Times Critics’ Pick, The Last Days of Cleopatra by Laoisa SextonWho’s Your Daddy? by Johnny O’ Callaghan. The US premieres of Silent and Forgotten both by Pat KinevaneThe Prophet of Monto by John Paul Murphy. Other credits include the Award winning site specific show, Ladies & Gents performed in Central Park’s “Public Toilets”, Marie Jones dark comedy, Rockdoves, Geraldine Hughes’ Belfast Blues, Marie Jones’s A Night in November, Jimmy Murphy’s The Kings of the Kilburn High Road, Frank McCourt’s Limerick On My Mind, Beckett’s Molloy with Conor LovettThe Nualas, Joseph O’ Connor’s Red Roses & Petrol with Frank McCourt, Kenneth Branagh’s Public Enemy, Graham Reid‘s Remembrance with Milo O’Shea and Frances Sternhagen. Other productions include – My Old Friends, by Norman Sachs & Mel Mandel (Critic’s Choice Award), Mother of All The Behans with Rosaleen Linehan. And the TV show Falcon’s Gold with co producer Paul M. Heller, and the feature film, Red Roses & Petrol, with Malcolm McDowell. She was one of the original co-founders of Women In Film, as well as owning a very successful PR agency with clients such as Burbank Film Studios and CAL ARTS UNIVERSITY. Georganne serves on the Board of Directors to The Irish Arts Center in New York where she has worked as an independent producer for over twenty years. Georganne is a Trustee on the board of The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Previously, she served as Cultural Director for the Borough of Manhattan.

EVA SCANLAN | Producer
In 2016, Eva returned to Fishamble: The New Play Company as General Manager and Producer. Previously, she was Producer of terraNOVA Collective in New York (2012-2015), where she produced Underland (59E59 Theaters), Social Security (The Bushwick Starr)terraNOVA Rx: Four Plays in Rep at IRT Theater, the soloNOVA Arts Festival, the Groundworks New Play Series, Woman of Leisure and Panic (FringeNYC), P.S. Jones and the Frozen City, among other projects. Eva produces The 24 Hour Plays: Dublin at the Abbey Theatre in Ireland (2012-2016), in association with the 24 Hour Play Company, New York, and she has worked on The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and The 24 Hour Musicals at the Gramercy Theatre. Freelance work includes producing At The Ford for Rise Productions, written by Gavin Kostick and directed by Bryan Burroughs, and as line producer for I’m Your Man by Mark Matthew Palmer and Phillip McMahon for Project Arts Centre & ThisIsPopBaby, both as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival 2016. Previous work for Fishamble includes Silent (Irish tour), Forgotten (Irish tour, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iceland), The Pride of Parnell Street (2011 Irish tour, 2009 New York), Noah and the Tower Flower (New York), Big Ol’ Piece of Cake and Strandline, and as production coordinator of Macbeth for Second Age Theatre Company (Irish tour). Previous arts administration work includes the Arts Council of Ireland and the Corn Exchange Theatre Company. Eva has an MA in Film Production and PgDip in Business in Cultural Event Management.

Past Touring:

Irish & International Touring 2017

23rd-24th March: Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, supported by Culture Ireland
31st March, 5th, 8th, 10th, 13th April: Peacock Theatre, Dublin as part of the Fishamble/Kinevane Trilogy


Irish and International Touring 2016:

In 2016, Fishamble toured Underneath by Pat Kinevane to 15 venues in Ireland and around the world. Starting at the Belltable in Limerick in February, the show was brought to the Adelaide Fringe in association with Arts Project Australia where it won Best Theatre Award. Following that tour, Underneath was performed at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, Theatre Royal in Waterford, The White Horse in Ballincollig, Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda, the North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford, and at the Town Hall in Cavan, all in April and May! In June, Pat performed at Draíocht in Blanchardstown, before a double-bill at the Paisley Arts Centre and Dundee Rep Theatre in Scotland in July – both shows supported by Culture Ireland. In September, Underneath was performed at the GB Shaw Theatre in Carlow, and at the MAC in Belfast. In October, Underneath was presented at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. This was followed by a four week engagement at the Soho Theatre in London in November and December, for which Pat has been nominated for an Offie Award for Best Male Performance at the Off West End Awards. Both of these major international engagements were produced in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller, and supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

2016: Ireland & Abroad
13th February: Belltable, Limerick
23rd February – 13th March: Adelaide Fringe, presented by Arts Projects Australia, and supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme
7th April: Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
22nd April: Theatre Royal, Waterford
12th May: White Horse, Cork
20th May: Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
25th May: The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, and supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme
28th May: The Town Hall, Cavan
11th June: Draíocht, Blanchardstown
7th July: Paisley Arts Centre, Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme
9th July: Dundee Rep Theatre, Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme
10th September: GB Shaw Theatre, Visual Carlow
27th September: The MAC, Belfast
13th – 30th October: The Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles, in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller, and supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme
22nd Nov – 17th Dec: Soho Theatre, London, in association with Georganne Aldrich Heller, and supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme

2015: Ireland & Abroad
5th – 6th February: Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
12th February: Theatre Royal, Waterford
14th February: Draíocht, Blanchardstown
20th – 21st February: Civic Theatre, Tallaght
27th February: Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
4th – 8th March: West Cork fit Up Festival
13th March: Phizzfest, Glasnevin Cemetary Chapel in association with Glasnevin Trust
15th March: Nenagh Arts Centre
19th March: Backstage Theatre, Longford
21st March: Ramor Theatre, Virginia
2nd April: Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
9th April: Cork Opera House
15th April: Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
17 April: Éigse Michael Hartnett Festival, Newcastle West
23rd April: Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
30th April: The New Garage Theatre, Monaghan
15th – 16th May: axis, Ballymun
23rd May: Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr
27th May: Clonmel Junction Festival
29th May: Listowel Writers’ Week
12th June: The Mill Theatre, Dundrum
23rd June: Town Hall Theatre, Galway
2nd July: Ballina Arts Centre
7th – 30th August: Dance Base, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, supported by Culture Ireland
20th September: Shorelines Festival, Portumna
22nd September: Clifden Arts Festival
8th October: The Dock, Carrick on Shannon
14th October – 1st November: Irish Arts Centrer, New York, supported by Culture Ireland
12th – 13th November: Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire
19th – 20th November: The Everyman, Cork as part of Fishamble Residency
25th November: glór, Ennis
27th November: The Source, Thurles

2014: World Premiere performance, Limerick.
3rd – 6th Dec: The Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, in partnership with Limerick City of Culture

Contact Information

Fishamble: The New Play Company
3 Great Denmark Street
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0)1 670 4018

Supported By

Fishamble: The New Play Company is supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Fundraising Fellowship Dublin . Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.